Explosive devices thrown at ex-Sinn Fein leader’s home

Lester Mason
July 17, 2018

Adams later said he was willing to meet with dissident nationalists and pro-British groups involved in violence in east Belfast in a bid to end recent street violence.

An explosive device was thrown at the home of former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams on Friday night, the party has said.

Adams tweeted that no one was injured in the attack on his home, but that a vehicle in his driveway had been damaged.

He challenged those behind the attacks, or their representatives, to meet him.

"I would like them to have the guts and the gumption to sit down and tell what this is about", he said.

'I would appeal for calm.

"We are very open and Sinn Fein can be contacted through any of our offices".

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) confirmed on Friday night that they were dealing with "two incidents at two separate addresses in West Belfast".

The home of the republican Bobby Storey, who previously served as the party's chairman in Northern Ireland, was also targeted.


Police have cordoned off the street where the former party leader lives.

Those sentiments were echoed in the Republic of Ireland, where Taoiseach Leo Varadkar denounced the Belfast attacks, as well as the wider violence across Northern Ireland.

A heavy security presence was outside the home of Mr Storey, with a number of police Land Rovers and armed officers standing guard.

Such devices have the capacity to cause serious injury and damage to property.

Mr Kelly, the north Belfast MLA, said: 'These were reprehensible and cowardly attacks on the family homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey.

The incident took place on Friday evening.

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While police have not yet attributed responsibility, the attacks are likely to be the work of dissident republicans who oppose Sinn Fein's involvement in the peace process and are engaged in localised turf wars in republican strongholds in an effort to wrest support away from the mainstream movement.

Catholic socialists, Sinn Fein was the political wing of the Irish Republican Army paramilitary group, with Adams instrumental in getting the group to give up violence in pursuit of their political aims.

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long tweeted: "It seems this week some people are determined to drag us back into violence at whatever cost".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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