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US craft beer named after Gerry Adams angers family of IRA victim

By Andrew Madden

A woman whose sister was murdered by the IRA has called on the American public to boycott a new US beer commemorating Gerry Adams.

'Adam's (sic) Best' is the latest product from the Chicago-based craft beer company Revolution Brewery.

According to the company's website, Adam's Best "is named for Gerry Adams, the president of Sinn Fein, who was instrumental in the development of the Belfast Agreement in the late 1990s, which brought a ceasefire to Northern Ireland".

The profile of the new product makes no mention of the former Sinn Fein leader's association with the IRA. Mr Adams has always denied membership of the IRA, but never distanced himself from the terror group.

Ann Travers, whose sister Mary (22) was shot dead by the Provos in Belfast in 1984 as she walked home from Mass with her father Thomas, said commemorating Mr Adams through a craft beer was "shameful".

She has called on Americans to boycott it.

"It is absolutely unbelievable. I'm actually lost for words," she said.

"How can anyone be so insensitive? It doesn't matter where you're from or what political persuasion you may have, this is below poor taste.

"I mean, does the brewery realise Gerry Adams supported IRA actions that killed many, many innocent people?

"I would hope that good Americans are aware of the full story behind this man and I would call on them to boycott this product, because it is simply shameful."

Ann Travers was just 14 at the time of her sister's murder. Her father, the intended target, was a Catholic magistrate and he survived the attack, despite being shot six times.

Ms Travers said she could not believe how those behind Adam's Best "would be so callous" as not to think about the hurt it could cause IRA victims before they put the product on the market.

"There are many victims' families here who have lost loved ones at the hands of the IRA. Many believe Gerry Adams could offer them some information about their family members' deaths, but he has refused," she added.

"Even families who, to this day, do not know where their loved ones are buried. How are they going to feel when they hear about this? I'm simply flabbergasted. It is shocking and I'm just lost for words."

Revolution Brewery did not respond to requests for comment.

Mr Adams has consistently denied ever being an IRA member, however, he has said that he would never "disassociate" himself from the organisation. The IRA was responsible for around 1,700 deaths during the Troubles.

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