New York Mayor de Blasio’s ‘Gerry Adams Day’ declaration leaves IRA victims outraged

Family members of those killed by IRA violence have asked Bill de Blasio, mayor of NYC, to meet with them after he organized a St. Patrick’s Day event that declared the day “Gerry Adams Day,” reports Victoria Leonard in the Belfast Telegraph. De Blasio gave Adams a proclamation to that effect on St. Patrick’s Day.

Colin Worton, whose brother Kenneth was killed by the IRA, told the paper, “You would have thought that the Mayor of the city which experienced 9/11 would be more clued up. It’s the same as re-naming July 4 Osama bin Laden Day….It’s silly and stupid, and … retraumatises victims.”

Ann Travers, sister of IRA victim Mary, said,”People were murdered when they were out socialising, working and coming out of their places of worship. That’s not a war, that’s terrorism. Coming from the Mayor of New York, a city which is full of victims of terrorism, makes this even worse.”

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