Yesterday Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Fein political party and a member of the Irish Parliament, was brought in for questioning by police in Northern Ireland for the murder of Jean McConville in 1972.

From time to time there seems to be a Scranton connection with world and national events.  A search of the archives turned up a connection between Mr. Adams and Scranton.

Over the years, Mr. Adams has made two visits to Scranton. The first visit came on March 17, 1996 to speak at the Friendly Son’s of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County and an event called “Peace Brunch” organized by the Irish Organizations United. At both events he spoke about the current state of the peace process in Northern Ireland. He asked those gathered to press for peace in Ireland.

Gerry Adams, smiling, enters the Irish Organizations United Peace Brunch to the accompaniment of the Black Diamond and eagle Hose Company 1 pipe band at Fiorelli’s in Peckville on March 17, 1996. Times-Tribune File

Gerry Adams, leader of the Sinn Fein political party in Ireland, addresses about 1,200 diners at the annual banquet of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of Lackawanna County at Genetti’s Manor Dickson City on March 17, 1996. Times-Tribune File

His second visit was on March 9, 2002 to speak at an event at the Banshee Pub on Penn Ave in Scranton.  He talked again about the peace process in Northern Ireland. He attributed the progress made towards peace comes from the support of Irish Americans. A peace agreement was signed in April 1998 but he said there is still violence in Northern Ireland.  He asked those gathered to carry on a grassroots  campaign to keep Ireland’s troubles in the public eye.

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams spoke on Saturday, March 9, 2002 at the Banshee Pub in downtown Scranton. In the background is Scranton Mayor Chris Doherty. Butch Comegys/Staff Photographer

You can read more about Gerry Adams and the investigation into the murder of Jean McConville by visiting:

Sinn Fein leader arrested over the killing of 1972 IRA members –

BBC Northern Ireland –

RTE Ireland –

Belfast Telegraph –

– Brian

Related St. Patrick’s Day post: 

A Friendly Shindy – March 12, 2016

Vice-Presidents and the Friendly Sons – March 14, 2015

Gerry Adams and Scranton – May 1, 2014

Robert Kennedy visits Scranton – March 17, 2014