Gerry Adams has spoken about his meeting with Prince Charles in Sligo.
The News Letter asked the Sinn Fein president about this week’s encounter, after he cast his vote on Friday at Ravensdale in the Republic’s referendums.
“It was very cordial,” he said of the meeting, which happened behind closed doors after the public handshake.
Mr Adams said: “We covered, without attributing what part of the conversation to what person, obviously the issue of the killings at Mullaghmore, the killings at Ballymurphy, Springhill, the general sense of regret and commitment that this should never happen again.”
We asked Mr Adams his thoughts about the attack which killed Lord Mountbatten in 1979 and he replied: “Any thinking person, clearly would be really pleased that the war is over, we are now in a new era. I regret the fact that anyone was killed, I said that at the time of Mullaghmore.”
Mr Adams said that he would not have a lot in common with a member of the British royal family, but that he and Prince Charles are of the same age, born in 1948. The prince had in the meeting mentioned his memory of the start of the Troubles in 1968.