Explosive devices thrown at ex-Sinn Fein leader's home

Blanche Robertson
July 16, 2018

Gerry Kelly, Sinn Féin Policing and Justice spokesman, said: "These were reprehensible and cowardly attacks on the family homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey".

Adams tweeted that no one was injured in the attack on his home, but that a auto in his driveway had been damaged.

Mr Adams said: 'For those who were involved in the attack, if they have the gumption to sneak up on our homes, I'd like them or their representatives to come and meet me. "These attacks are the desperate acts of increasingly desperate and irrelevant groups", he said.

Adams, a prolific social-media user who led Sinn Fein from 1983 until his retirement last February, tweeted in the early hours of Saturday morning that no one had been hurt during the attack, thanking neighbors and Sinn Fein members for their quick response.

Those responsible were "resistant to change", he said.

"I would also like those who are involved in exploiting children in Derry or those who are poisoning the atmosphere in east Belfast to do the same".

"We are very open Sinn Fein can be contacted through any of our offices".

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The attack occurred on Friday evening and damaged a auto parked on a driveway, said Sinn Féin.

The Belfast attacks came after days of street violence in Northern Ireland's second city Londonderry, which police blamed on militant Irish nationalists opposed to a 1998 peace deal that Adams helped to broker.

Sinn Fein dismiss the dissidents as unrepresentative gangs with no political strategy that use the cloak of republicanism to engage in criminality.

The attacks come after six successive nights of dissident-orchestrated violence in Derry's Bogside.

Police have cordoned off the street where the former party leader lives.

A second device was thrown at the home of the party's former Northern Ireland Chairman Bobby Storey, he said.

Alliance Party leader Naomi Long MLA said it seemed "some people are determined to drag us back into violence at whatever cost".

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