SF leader knew armed struggle had become a political liability
Irish Independent - 04.01.2018
Gerry Adams was said to have been working on a peace strategy in early 1987.
The Sinn Féin president was said to have privately believed that the IRA campaign would not succeed and that terrorism was hampering his own personal ambitions and attempts to win support for the party at the ballot box.
The previously unseen report, released under the 30-year rule from the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin, said Mr. Adams viewed the armed struggle as a "political liability".
The revelation was passed on to a diplomat by senior Catholic cleric Bishop Cahal Daly, who was also said to have spoken with "some vehemence of Adams's deviousness and fundamental untrustworthiness".
The confidential report, dated February 4, 1987, and compiled for officials in Iveagh House in Dublin, said: "The Bishop has picked up a rumour that Gerry Adams is currently trying to put together a set of proposals which would enable the Provisional IRA to call a halt to (its) paramilitary campaign.
"He has reached the view that the 'armed struggle' is getting nowhere, that it has become a political liability to Sinn Féin both North and South and that, as long as it continues there is little chance that he will be able to realize his own political ambitions.
"What he is believed to be working on is some form of 'declaration of intent' to withdraw, with however long a timescale, on the part of the British government."
In the file, Bishop Daly also revealed that he had refused to meet Mr. Adams as president of Sinn Féin and that despite some "agonizing", he decided he would only have discussions with him as a "private individual".
Bishop Daly also said that if Sinn Féin won a Westminster seat for West Belfast in the election, that it would be a "tragedy".
CAHAL DALY WAS A BRITISH AGENT AND SYMPATHISER WHO LIKED TO WINE AND DINE SENIOR POLICE OFFICERS AND BRITISH ARMY GENERALS IN HIS PALACE AND AT THE SAME TIME REFUSED TO MEET MEMBERS OF THE REPUBLICAN MOVEMENT.
Daly was never away from the Stormont offices of the British Secretary of State and British ministers.
He was also never away from the RUC Chief Constable's office in Belfast - even on one occasion insisting the staunchly Protestant wife of Sir John Hermon - Lady Hermon the blessing for a pregnant mother!
Sir John Hermon personally told me that he found Daly to be a pest.
ON ONE OCCASION DALY ASKED ME TO GIVE HERMON INFORMATION ON REPUBLICAN PEOPLE ON THE FALLS ROAD!
I must say on the half dozen occasions I met Hermon he NEVER ONCE asked me to betray my people.
But Daly did!
|DALY AS BRITISH SOLDIER!|
Daly has a pathological hatred for the Republican Movement.
He was quite happy to meet British Generals in their capacity as British Army commanders.
He was quite happy to meet RUC officers in their capacity as police officers.
He was quite happy to go to Buckingham Palace and have tea with the Royals.
But he was not happy to meet Gerry Adams as the leader of Republicanism.
On one occasion the British Government offered Daly a seat in the House of Lords.
Daly wanted to accept it - but was ordered by Rome not to.
We will probably never know the full extent of Daly's co-operation with the British Establishment.
And if we did we might be shocked to see the lengths Daly was willing to go to to oblige them.