Friday, 25 February 2011

Libya and the IRA

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has called on Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi to step down and allow his people to have full democratic rights.

Adams said, 'My sympathies are with those demanding democracy and freedom.  The Libyan government, like Egypt and many other Arab governments, have been partners in business and oil with Britain, the US and the EU for many years.'

Gerry Adams made specific reference to business partners but omitted to mention another partnership with Libya and that is the IRA partnership with Libya.  Gadaffi began to arm the IRA in 1971 and continued to arm it throughout the 1970s and the 1980s.  It is estimated that Libyan weapons may have contributed to 1,000 deaths during the Troubles.  Attacks carried out with Libyan Semtex included the Enniskillen bomb in 1987, which killed eleven people, and the Ballygawley bus bombing in August 1988, which killed eight soldiers.

Of course it is just possible that Gerry Adams forgot about the IRA partnership with Gaddafi.  It may have just slipped his memory.  He can't remember being in the IRA, he forgets that Libya armed the IRA ... now there's a man with a serious case of memory loss.


  1. Didn't the British arm Gadaffi by pumping billions into his coffers through lucrative oil contracts? Didn't Ian Jr sent police to Libya to help provide training?

  2. Labour and Conservative governments have done many foolish things. As regards the PSNI providing training for policemen, DUP deputy leader Nigel Doods MP condemned that proposal in unequivocal terms.

    With 1,000 deaths in Ulster that were caused by IRA terrorists using Libyan weapons, Gadaffi has a lot to answer for. On the other hand Gerry Adams seems to have forgotten what he has to answer for.

  3. Nelson, would it be accurate to say that you hate Sinn Fein and the IRA?