Prince Charles to meet Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

Prince Charles schedules a historic visit with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Prince Charles will make a historical visit to Ireland to meet with the leader of the Sinn Fein party, Gerry Adams. This will be the first time a member of the Royal Family will meet a Political actor from Ireland’s oldest party.

The meeting is scheduled during Charles’ four day visit to the Republic of Ireland with his spouse Camilla. The visit begins on Tuesday.

Another visit is scheduled to the village of Mullaghmore, where Charles’ great uncle Lord Mountbatten was killed by the International Republican Army (IRA) forces in 1979.

Gerry Adams then approved of the attack, saying "What the IRA did to him is what Mountbatten had been doing all his life to other people."

The IRA was previously associated with Sinn Fein, as the military branch of the party. However, Adams acted as the broker for the peace deal between Northern Ireland from 1994 onwards, dismissing any links with the IRA.

The Northern Ireland peace process followed decades of conflict and bloodshed between loyal Protestants who wanted to stay in the United Kingdom and Catholic Nationalists who pushed for an integration of Northern Ireland with the Republic of Ireland.

In Ireland today, Sinn Fein stands in politics as Ireland's second-largest opposition party.

The scheduled meeting protects its symbolic significance as a breakthrough in what many view as a fragile peace process.

"This was agreed to promote the process of resolving past injustices and promoting reconciliation and healing," Sinn Fein’s official website announced.

TRTWorld and agencies