Gerry Adams, Sr.
Adams was captured after being shot and wounded during an IRA operation in 1942 after he shot an RUC police officer in the foot. He was sentenced to eight years in prison and served five. He was interned in 1971 along with his son Gerry.[dead link]
He married Anne Hannaway, also a republican from an established republican family, by whom he had thirteen children (three of whom died in infancy). His children include Gerry Adams, who became a leading figure in Sinn Féin and is now its president, as well as absentionist MP for West Belfast and Liam Adams who is currently wanted in Northern Ireland to answer sex abuse charges.
He died on 17 November 2003, "a lonely old man," He was buried with the Irish tricolour, despite the private reservations of family members over alleged abuse that would only be made public some years later. His son Gerry Adams said that he felt his father had 'besmirched' the flag.
In December 2009, six years after his death, his family claimed that he had subjected some members of his family to emotional, physical and sexual abuse over many years. The family said that this abuse "had a devastating impact" on the family, which they were still then coming to terms with. The family decided to go public about the abuse in order to help other families in similar circumstances.
- New York Times, Retrieved 23 December 2009
- "Adams reveals family history of abuse". RTE. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
- "Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams reveals family abuse history". BBC News. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
- "Gerry Adams: My father was a child sex abuser". The Guardian. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
- RTE, accessed 23 December 2009
- "Adams family statement in full". BBC News. 20 December 2009. Retrieved 20 December 2009.