Gerry Adams says IRA was right to wage the British war


Former Sinn Fein chairman praised the late Irish Republican Army chief Kevin McKenna, saying the paramilitary group “was right to fight”.

Gerry Adams praised the Irish Republican Army (IRA) on Thursday saying it was right to fight while speaking at the grave of former IRA chief Kevin McKenna, who led IRA for ten years, from the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

McKenna was in charge of the IRA when they struck a permanent ceasefire.

“The Republican people of the north have never gone to war,” Adams said. “The war has come to us.

“I am aware of those who have been hurt, and there have been injuries on all sides and healing and reconciliation is needed, but the war is over.

“The future is being written now, and as we help write that future, we will not let the past be written in a way that demonizes patriots like Kevin McKenna more than we would for generations before them.” .

“I think the men and women of 1916 were right,” said Gerry Adams. “I think the H-Block hunger strikers were right. I think Kevin McKenna was right.

“I think the IRA was right, not in everything it did, but it was right to fight in the face of armed aggression from British rule.”

“Kevin was a Republican soldier who had the politics of when to fight and the political vision of when to speak.

“This August marks 25 years since the IRA’s first cessation, was an initiative created by Republicans that opened up the potential for the peace process.

“Kevin had the courage to make the big decisions with others during the conflict, and he was also one of those who had the courage to make the big and difficult decisions during the effort to make peace,” he said. -he declares.

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Kevin McKenna was buried, following a funeral mass at St. Mary’s Church, Magherarney, near Smithborough, County Monaghan. Native of Dungannon, County Tyrone. He had lived in Monaghan since the 1970s.

McKenna led Muammar Gadhafy’s illegal arms import from Libya in the 1980s. He also led the IRA until the first ceasefire in 1994. He was then replaced.

Among those mourned at his funeral on Thursday were prominent Sinn Féin politicians, including party leader Mary Lou McDonald, Northern leader Michelle O’Neill, MPs Martina Anderson and Michelle Gildernew, and Irish politicians Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin and Pearse Doherty.

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