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Seeing double? Gerry Adams takes selfie with waxwork unveiled in Dublin

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has unveiled a wax figure of himself in Dublin.

The Louth TD paid tribute to the creation's sculptor saying that he had "improved him".

The figure is the latest addition to The National Wax Museum and is on display in the Time Vault section apparently dedicated to the Good Friday Agreement paying tribute to the peace process.

Sculptures of the former Democratic Unionist leader Ian Paisley, SDLP founder and Nobel peace laureate John Hume, ex-Irish premiers Bertie Ahern and John Bruton as well former prime minister John Major make up the display.

It is housed in the vault of a former bank off Dublin's Dame Street next to the museum's Chamber of Horrors dungeon.

Mr Adams noted at the launch that others who played no part at all, were included.

He also pointed out the absence of Nobel laureate and Ulster Unionist leader David Trimble as well as the Women's Coalition.

The wax work was sculpted by PJ Hegarty who worked on it for four months.

Speaking at the unveiling Mr Adams said he felt the sculptor had "improved him".

"I do want to pay tribute to PJ Hegarty who is the sculptor. I was very taken by the fact that he had to put in every single hair, one hair at a time. So you can see this is very skillful work. I think he has improved me."

Mr Adams took a selfie with the waxwork posting online: "The WaxWorks. Me and him. A different kinda selfie!".

During the sculpting process as the grey gunge was spread over Adams' face, the Irish Times reported he quipped, "Remind me never to do this again".

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