DUP Fermanagh & South Tyrone MLA Arlene Foster has said the Impartial Reporter’s transcript proves that Gerry Adams’ use of the word “b*****d” was in direct response to a question about the DUP.
Gerry Adams was asked:
“I am just wondering what the leadership’s spiel on it is – where the DUP are at the minute or what they are playing at?”
Gerry Adams answered by stating:
“The point is to actually break these b*****ds – that’s the point. And what’s going to break them is equality. . . . that’s the Trojan Horse of the entire republican strategy.”
Commenting Mrs. Foster said,
“I’m glad the Impartial Reporter has a recording of Gerry Adams’ mask slipping moment. If it hadn’t Gerry Adams probably wouldn’t even remember being in Enniskillen on Monday evening as SF’s revisionism strategy has been in overdrive. In 12 hours we’ve had several different SF versions of what was ‘actually’ said.
Adams’ words were not about breaking attitudes but rather about breaking people. He was responding to a question about the DUP. I’m glad that the DUP is disrupting Sinn Fein’s strategy to the extent that Adams is frustrated. Only a decade ago Sinn Fein was running rings around unionists and was getting everything on its wish-list. The people elected the DUP to stand up for them and for Northern Ireland. It is a testament of DUP tough negotiating that Gerry is drove to swearing about the DUP.
A Trojan Horse is a weapon dressed up as a gift. Adams can claim ignorance but everyone will see his comment for what it is. Thirty years of republican terrorism did not break unionism. We will not be broken now by SF’s warped view of equality.
It is Gerry Adams however who is broken. He jokes about the serious allegations of republican sexual abuse. He says he was never in the PIRA. He famously said opposition to parades was ‘no accident’ and took years of planning. He told republicans he would ‘put manners’ on the police. It is hardly surprising that Gerry Adams view of equality is similarly warped.
I want to build a genuinely united community where everyone’s culture is respected and not used a weapon against ‘the other side’. I want a society where my culture is respected rather than being attacked by republicans. Gerry Adams’ is not interested in building a united community, but in ‘breaking’ those who are standing in SF’s way.”