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Gerry Adams trampolines naked with his dog


Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has revealed that he has an unusual hobby — trampolining while naked in his garden.

During an interview with Newstalk's Seán Moncrieff, discussing his hobbies and Twitter persona, the Sinn Fein leader was asked about his passion for trampolining that he tweeted about last week.

"Yeah, I do it naked," said the Louth TD. He also revealed that his dog likes to join in.

Mr Adams said: "I don't do it with any great expertise, just the joy of it - the dog does it with me. It saves me taking him for a walk. We just go out and bounce for a while.

"The dog loves it. In fact, I caught the dog doing it on his own. Two dogs belong to my grandchildren. They got a new one at Christmas, but they are not very good at cleaning up, so that falls on me."

He added: "I have had a dog since I was four or five, so I wouldn't be without one. We trampoline when we get together, to make up for lost time. I get home most weekends, sometimes not for the entire weekend. There is something special about hillwalking with a dog."

Asked if the dog can do any tricks Mr Adams said: "I don't want to discuss it publicly - but yes."

When asked if he was a 'hippie' at heart Mr Adams replied: "One of the things I've learned, and I really believe in this -  is that you've got to enjoy whatever is happening around you, and whatever is happening to you. And not take yourself too seriously."

The full Newstalk interview can be heard below.

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