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Die Hard. Die Harder!
Kathleen O Halloran • 25 October 2003

Why hasn't Gerry Adams been given the Nobel peace prize? It was given to Mairead Corrigan and Betty Williams and to John Hume and David Trimble. Alas the prize and its booty have eluded Gerry. It is said that the war is over when the die hards tell their stories. Recently two of our very own die hards have published their dramatic stories. Gerry Adams' Hope and History - Making Peace in Ireland and Alex Maskeys' Man and Mayor.

Adams' book virtually begins with a shoot out. After being elected Gerry is trying to calm a melee, when himself, Sean Keenan and Bob Murray are arrested on the trumped up charge of obstruction. They are ordered to appear at Belfast Magistrates' court on Wed. 14 March 1984. Gerry is uneasy about going to court. He has been living underground and is ill at ease in the city centre. He has a feeling of impending danger and his antenna is screaming 'danger! danger!' Their case cannot be heard until after lunch, so they organise Kevin Rooney to pick them up. Outside the court they get into Rooney's car with Gerry in the front passenger seat. On their way to Longs for chips, Gerry's antenna is still screaming. Going past the back of the City Hall their car is hit by gunfire. The windows smash, the bullets hit home and everything goes in to slow motion. Five bullets hit Gerry, but they manage to get to the Royal hospital and get sorted out. Gerry goes off to the Inis Eoghan peninsula for some R and R, with his main gripe about the attack being that he fails to get compensation as he is forced to withdraw his claim. He doesn't tell us what happened to the trumped up charge however.

Now Gerry doesn't tell us in his book, but Alex tells us in his, that it is John Gregg who shot Adams, and now Alex's brother Liam - a community worker in North Belfast - wants to meet Gregg. The peace process is unstable and hero Liam has been meeting loyalist sources since the autumn of 2001. These meetings are under the watchful eye of the establishment and police under cover units. The meetings are set up by John White and some members of the P.U.P. Liam, however, is warned by his reliable source in the establishment not to go to the meeting with Gregg as it is a set up and he won't be coming back. After this failed attempt another meeting is set up for Liam to meet Johnny Adair, the man who boasted of trying to shoot Liam's brother Alex. Adair and Liam are to meet at Liam's offices on the Antrim Road near to the police station where Liam feels safe, but Adair will not travel up the mainly nationalist Antrim Road. Therefore, Liam and another Catholic travel in to Johnny's territory for the meeting, which is held in a disused house in Boundary Way. Eventually, they meet for face-to face talks.

Now need Liam have worried about meeting Adair?

David Lister and Hugh Jordan write about Adair in their book, 'Mad Dog - The Rise and Fall of Johnny Adair and C Company'. They tell us that our die hard Johnny is all boast and no bottle. Johnny, they say, boasts of killing more than a dozen taigs, but the only man he allegedly killed was Noel Cardwell. Cardwell was a suspected informer who was 26 but had a mental age of 12. They also tell of a meeting with the U.D.A.'s six brigadiers and Adair is given a gun with which to execute his colleagues, but he loses his bottle. They claim that die hard Johnny is bi-sexual and has had a homosexual affair with a fellow U.D.A. man. Perhaps then there is some substance to the joke - have you heard about the mirror with six holes in it? Johnny Adair tried to shoot himself.

Alex need not have worried about Liam's safety, as he was under the watchful eye of some very well informed spooks. Although Alex could have warned Liam to keep his back to the wall. So far that is the end of the die hard story, for the die hards have died and have been metamorphosed in to peace makers. Adair and White are peace makers, Liam the community worker is a peace maker, and then there is Gerry and his merry bunch of peace makers. Or are they just die hards who have become repentant fenian bastards!








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Die Hard. Die Harder!
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The Sound of Silence
Sean Smyth


The Raison d'Erte of 'Dissenting Republicans'
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