THE MERCHANT’S TALE

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Here’s Gerry Adams and Alicia Keys at what I assume is a charity event, an interesting juxtaposition of age, youth and talents. At 16 years of age Gerry Adams joined Sinn Fein and at the age of 24 he was briefly interned (that is imprisoned without fair trial). Here is a picture of Gerry Adams in his youth at a Sinn Fein (military) Funeral,

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And here is a picture of Gerry Adams a ‘Teachta Dala’ and the President of Sinn Fein (the political party) in the autumn of his life.

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Now, Mr Adams and his wife have three children and I can well imagine the twinkle eyed vigour with which they were conceived in his youth. A man full of passionate personal convictions and physical prowess in the arms of an equally passionate woman, what a potent match.

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Youthful vigour and physical prowess, what a heady, intoxicating, pulse raising, combination. One swoons just thinking about it;something you wouldn’t do when considering the limitations of old age.

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The inability to urinate when you want to, and remember what you want to and an increasing dependency on pills. Pills to regulate your heart beat, pills to thin your blood, pills to give you an erection that lasts long enough for you to believe that, that sexual encounter you had you actually enjoyed (bad back and all), pills,pills,pills. Old age can be very very depressing, so lets leave off talking about it and lets discuss the history of internment (arrest and imprisonment without trial) in Northern Ireland.

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Now, this might sound like what’s currently happening at Guantanamo, but trust me this was different. For starters, within 48 hours (at the end of one police operation)116 of the suspects arrested were released. Those who weren’t wound up either in a prison or on a prison ship (so, OK, maybe it wasn’t all that different from G’itmo). Still, in the end the British Government saw the error of its ways, walked into the light and abolished the practice of internment, didn’t they? Well not quite, Here’s a picture of Martin Corey.

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Martin is sixty one years old an ex-terrorist who murdered two Royal Ulster Constabulary Police Officers in 1973 and was released on licence in 1992. Three years ago on 16 April 2010, he was arrested, his licence was revoked and he was sent back to prison. Hardly internment since he’d clearly committed some criminal offence hadn’t he?

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And this is where things become Kafkaesque for not only does Martin not know what he is supposed to have done, his lawyers don’t know what he’s supposed to have done either. The Home Secretary who revoked his licence does know but he’s not telling; and since the evidence is a matter of closed material proceedings he’s allowed not to tell. The only thing that does seem clear is that Martin Corey is considered to pose a threat to National Security.

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In 2010, Justice Treacy ruled that Martin’s human rights had been breached and that he should be released immediately on unconditional bail. Of course that never happened as the Justice’s decision (in 2010) was immediately overruled by the then Home Secretary, Shaun Woodward. And so Martin Corey remains in prison for an offence he’s not even sure he committed and his lawyers can’t prove he didn’t commit, since they do not have access to all the evidence.

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