Gerry Adams Meets Canadian Prime Minister

(from An Phoblacht/Republican News, Thursday November 8, 2001)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has enjoyed a hugely successful visit to the United States and Canada in recent days. On Monday he travelled to Ottawa, where he met with the Irish Canadian Parliamentary Friendship Group in the morning before moving on to a meeting with Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Adams said both meetings were constructive, friendly and very useful. The previous day, the Sinn Féin President had been in Toronto, where he attended a Famine Commemorative Mass and spoke at the launch of Friends of Sinn Féin (Canada).   (story)

Adams had flown out on Wednesday, October 31, accompanied by the new crop of Sinn Féin MP’s, Pat Doherty and Michelle Gildernew, for the next night’s Friends of Sinn Féin annual dinner in New York City. The proceeds of the sellout and immensely successful event are to go to the families of construction workers killed in the September 11 attack on New York, and a construction industry committee has already been set up to administer the funds.

Huge media exposure accompanied the Sinn Féin trip, helped by the perceived positive developments in the Irish peace process. Adams made appearances on three of New York’s leading shows, Larry King, Charlie Rose and Hanitty and Combs, and he was also the guest of honour at a community event in Yonkers that was packed to the rafters.

While in New York, Adams also had meetings with Governor Pataki and New York congressmen Richie Neal and Peter King.