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Critics can't decide if Adams' tweet deliberate or gaffe

By Noel McAdam

Gerry Adams has been accused of "doing a Donald Trump" after another apparent gaffe on Twitter.

The Sinn Fein president's Twitter account has made headlines before - as well as revealing some unusual quirks and pastimes.

In the latest, however, Mr Adams sent out a poster for an eight-day international cycle race later this month and commented briefly. But it appeared to be superimposed on another document confirming that talks to attempt to restore Stormont will begin just after the general election.

And another sentence below the picture says "Republicans who drifted away are back with the project and engaged..."

Mr Adams came under fire more than a year ago over a controversial tweet about the Quentin Tarantino movie Django Unchained, when he included the N-word.

His use of the term in a film about racism and slavery provoked a storm of controversy that spread to the United States, but Mr Adams insisted he was using the word ironically and later apologised.

The TD tweeted: "Watching Django Unchained - A Ballymurphy N*****!"

Speaking at a Press conference the next day, he said: "I have acknowledged that the use of the N-word was inappropriate. That is why I deleted the tweet. I apologise for any offence caused."

His newest eyebrow-raising tweet involved the international UCI cycle race from May 21-28 with the slogan: "Get Your Pulse Racing in 2017."

To which Mr Adams added the comment: "On your bike." But sentences seemingly related to a document about the stalled Stormont talks and the position of republicans are at the top and bottom.

Ulster Unionist MLA Doug Beattie said: "It is difficult to see how this could be a gaffe.

"Perhaps Gerry Adams is now taking a leaf out of Donald Trump's book and practising diplomacy through Twitter."

Jim Allisters' TUV said making sense of Mr Adams "ravings on Twitter" was beyond most people.

A party spokesman said: "Gerry Adams is notorious for his childish behaviour on Twitter and frequent gaffes.

"This is just another to add to a long list."

Sinn Fein said: "The document is simply a positive reflection of the recent success of Sinn Fein in the Assembly elections where Sinn Fein achieved the largest vote to date, increasing its support in the north by 50,000 votes."

Previously Mr Adams has tweeted that he spends nights in with his teddy bears, has baths with a rubber duck and trampolines - naked - with his dog.

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