March 01, 2006
Sinn Fein Leader to Make Only University
Appearance on U.S. Tour, March 14
St. John's University will welcome Northern Ireland political
activist Gerry Adams to its Queens campus, where he will address
"The Irish Peace Process -- An International Model for Conflict
Resolution,” during a public forum to the university community at 4
p.m. on Tuesday, March 14.
Adams’ week-long tour will first stop at St. John's (the only
university on his four-city schedule) and move on to Washington,
D.C., Buffalo, N.Y. and Holyoke, Massachusetts to participate in
the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade celebration.
Adams, president of Sinn Fein, the only political party to have
seats in the parliaments of both Northern Ireland and the Republic
of Ireland, travels to the U.S. each year to coincide with St.
Patrick's Day and speak on behalf of political issues that affect
"We are very fortunate to have Mr. Gerry Adams speak at St.
John's," said Rev. Donald J. Harrington, C.M., President of St.
John's University. "Mr. Denis P. Kelleher, chairman of our Board of
Trustees, secured Mr. Adams’ appearance. He is a well-known
activist and vibrant keynote speaker who will share his opinions on
peace with our University community."
Sinn Fein is the largest group in the Republican wing of Irish
nationalism. For the past 22 years, Adams has been president of
Sinn Fein; the third-largest party in Ireland by vote share,
although the entire island only votes together at European
elections. Sinn Fein recently displaced the previously dominant
nationalist Social Democratic and Labour Party in national
elections. It is a much smaller political force, in electoral
terms, in the Republic of Ireland.
Adams will appear at a pre-speech press conference at 3 p.m.,
prior to the public forum, at the St. John’s University School of
Law located on the Queens campus.
All media RSVP for the press conference should be directed to
Myrna Carrera in the St. John's University Office of Media
Relations by calling (718) 990-1621 or e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.