When Jeremy met Gerry

Jeremy Corbyn with Gerry Adams at the Bobby Sands and James Connolly commemoration at Conway
Jeremy Corbyn with Gerry Adams at the Bobby Sands and James Connolly commemoration at Conway

These are the pictures that show Jeremy Corbyn meeting Gerry Adams when the Labour leader was still a House of Commons backbencher.

At a time when the Provisional IRA’s terrorist campaign was at its height, Mr Corbyn was regularly seen in the company of the Sinn Fein president.

Jeremy Corbyn (left) with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in the House of Commons in 1995.

Jeremy Corbyn (left) with Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams in the House of Commons in 1995.

Mr Corbyn, who last week voted against the RAF bombing of Islamic State in Syria, was pictured in discussion with Mr Adams at the Bobby Sands and James Connolly commemoration in the 1980s.

The Islington MP famously caused outrage in the weeks after the Brighton bombing in 1984 as he and fellow left-winger Ken Livingstone invited Mr Adams and other members of Sinn Fein to the Commons.

He also observed a minute’s silence in 1987 for eight IRA men killed by the SAS as they attempted to blow up an RUC station in Loughgall, Co Armagh.

In this gallery Mr Corbyn is also pictured with Mr Adams as he was looking to promote his autobiography inside the Houses of Parliament in 1995.

Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone with Gerry Adams in London.

Jeremy Corbyn and Ken Livingstone with Gerry Adams in London.

More recently earlier this year, when Mr Corbyn was still campaigning for the Labour leadership, he posed for pictures over coffee with Mr Adams and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness.

Nigel Dodds, the DUP Deputy Leader said earlier this year about Mr Corbyn and his Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell: “Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell speak about honest politics and straight talking, but they should stop trying to pretend and tell lies that they were pro-peace. They were pro-terrorism. They were enemies of the peace process. They had a clear choice between the IRA and peaceful nationalism and they chose the IRA.”