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    Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams said Thatcher had done "great hurt" to the Irish and British people during her time as British Prime Minister.

    "Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies," he said.

    "Her role in international affairs was equally belligerent whether in support of the Chilean dictator Pinochet, her opposition to sanctions against apartheid South Africa; and her support for the Khmer Rouge.

    "Here in Ireland her espousal of old draconian militaristic policies prolonged the war and caused great suffering. She embraced censorship, collusion and the killing of citizens by covert operations, including  the targeting of solicitors like Pat Finucane, alongside more open military operations and refused to recognise the rights of citizens to vote for parties of their choice.

    "Her failed efforts to criminalise the republican struggle and the political prisoners is part of her legacy.

    "It should be noted that in complete contradiction of her public posturing, she authorised a back channel of communications with the Sinn Fein leadership but failed to act on the logic of this.

    "Unfortunately she was faced with weak Irish governments who failed to oppose her securocrat agenda or to enlist international support in defence of citizens in the north.

    "Margaret Thatcher will be especially remembered for her shameful role during the epic hunger strikes of 1980 and 81.

    "Her Irish policy failed miserably."

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    •  Gerry Adams - what a guy. (2+ / 0-)
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      WakeUpNeo, SanFernandoValleyMom

      Been a fan of his since back when neither he nor I had any gray hair.  I supported Sinn Fein from long ago.  In fact, I have a Sinn Fein t-shirt (with the OLD logo on it) that I break out to wear on St. Pat's day and on the 4th of July.

      Doesn't he nail Thatcher's legacy dead in the bullseye?  Not a single untrue word exists in that quote.

      Thank you.

      Celtic Merlin
      Carlinist

      Struggle with dignity against injustice. IS there anything more honorable that a person can do?

      by Celtic Merlin on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 10:55:15 PM PDT

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      •  Met and heard him speak once, years ago. (1+ / 0-)
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        Celtic Merlin

        He was the honored guest at an Irish Legislators Night in Albany, at the AOH Hall. A friend was involved in his security detail.

        Many Dems there, as one might imagine.

        •  Many Dems, yes. (1+ / 0-)
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          WakeUpNeo

          But when in Ireland, we're all "Republicans", aren't we?

          :0)

          Celtic Merlin
          Carlinist

          Struggle with dignity against injustice. IS there anything more honorable that a person can do?

          by Celtic Merlin on Tue Apr 16, 2013 at 09:15:39 AM PDT

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