June 17, 1996 |
Speaking for negotiated peace in Northern Ireland last summer, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams was heckled in Roman Catholic west Belfast by a man who shouted, "Bring back the IRA!" Adams replied, "They never went away, you know." It seems he was right. A suspected IRA bomb that ravaged the heart of Manchester in northwest England the day before echoed Sunday as observers held out little hope for the limping peace process in the divided and bloodied British province of Northern Ireland.