British officials ‘apoplectic’ at prospect of Gerry Adams visit to US

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The British government said there would be “hell to pay” if the United States granted a visa to Gerry Adams in 1994, newly declassified papers show.

The State documents spanning 1991-1998 disclose that British officials were apoplectic at the prospect of the Sinn Féin leader being allowed travel to the US.

President Bill Clinton intervened to ensure the visa was granted to Adams ahead of a conference in New York but the documents also show significant reluctance on the part of US officials.

They were worried that the decision would leave “blood on the floor” politically for the Clinton administration, particularly in light of the fact that the IRA was “still blowing…

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