No Longer An Ex-Internee, Could Adams Lose Membership Of The Felons Club?

The decision by the UK Supreme Court this morning to rule Gerry Adams’ imprisonment as an internee in 1973 illegal, and by implication that his jail sentence for attempting to escape from Long Kesh was also ultra vires, has some intriguing implications.

Not least of these is that at a stroke Adams may well have lost his qualification to be a member of the Irish Republican Felons Association, popularly called ‘The Felons’ but better known for the drinking club it runs on the Andersonstown Road which was situated within stone throwing distance of the local RUC station.

The Felons Club, circa 2020 – it has grown and prospered, like some of its members, with the peace process

To lose his membership would be a particularly bitter blow for Gerry Jnr since his father, Gerry Snr, was a co-founder of  the Felons along with a fellow republican called Joe Campbell (presumably something Adams Snr did in his spare time when he was not sexually abusing his children).

Danny Morrison wrote an interesting account of the origin of the Felons for The Guardian back in 1999 which you can read here in which he says that initially internees were not qualified to be members since only sentenced IRA members were real felons.

That rule was bent when the current Troubles began and so Gerry Jnr qualified on both grounds, as an ex-internee and as a felon who had served jail time for trying to escape from internment in Long Kesh.

Both qualifications for Felons membership have now been struck out by the UK Supreme Court, the internment order and the subsequent jail sentence. So Gerry Adams is now an ex-felon  He could always apply for honorary membership but that doesn’t quite carry the same cachet.

So, what’s an ex-Felon to do? Answers on a postcard to thebrokenelbow.com.

6 responses to “No Longer An Ex-Internee, Could Adams Lose Membership Of The Felons Club?

  1. Larry J McEvoy

    Your commentary on Gerry is interesting to say the least.

    So a big Congratulations to Gerry,
    Another blatant colonial injustice perpetrated on our conquered people bites the dust. Hurray.

    Larry McEvoy

  2. So now he has never been in the IRA, never been to jail and at some point he will have never have had a beard.

    • M O’D refers to only one escape attempt by Adams when in fact there were two. The first one may have been a joke but not the second one, which was based on the idea that Adams would replace a lookalike visitor. Clearly a lot of planning went into it albeit that he was spotted by an alert warder as he attempted to exit the jail.

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