Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Gerry Adams to speak at Sinn Fein's New York fundraiser

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams will give  keynote address in New York
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams will give keynote address in New York

It won't be a cold house in New York for Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams on Thursday night when he addresses an annual fundraiser.

Guests at the Friends of Sinn Fein organised event have each paid the equivalent of over £300 to hear the North Louth TD give a keynote address.

His popularity is still high with those interested in attending the dinner and talk held "to celebrate the success of the Irish peace process and to assist Sinn Fein in building a new and united Ireland".

A Sinn Fein spokesman said: "Friends of Sinn Fein is an open and transparent organisation organised across the United States.

"The accounts from the dinners will be submitted to the US authorities as is required and as happens annually."

However, public reaction to the BBCNI The Disappeared programme has cooled the temperature at home in both Belfast and Dublin over remaining questions over what Mr Adams may know about the whereabouts of the unrecovered bodies of seven people.

Mr Adams had tweeted to his 35,000 followers before the programme was broadcast that anyone with information on the Disappeared should contact the commission, the families or himself.

He then posted this message: "Lots twitter angst since clar (programme) on Disappeared. My reason 4 doing clar is 2 help Commission retrieve missing bodies. I will continue that work."

The programme was raised in the Dail in Dublin when Mr Adams said the programme should be a "huge motivation for anyone who has any information whatsoever to bring it forward".

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said he hoped the programme "stimulates active minds to make their information available".

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