Gerry Adams rides anti-austerity wave in Ireland vote

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams (L) poses with demonstrators during a march and rally organized by Right2Change and Right2Water in Dublin on February 20, 2016, protesting against water charges and calling for an end to austerityOnce the political voice of the IRA, then a peacemaker, now a top anti-austerity candidate in this week’s elections in Ireland: Gerry Adams has gone through an apparent transformation over four decades. Striding through crowds at a march against budget cuts and tax hikes in a country still scarred by the economic crisis, the Sinn Fein leader said that the thousands taking part heralded winds of change. “It’s the government’s worst nightmare,” Adams told AFP at the Dublin protest as supporters vied to shake his hand ahead of the vote on Friday.

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