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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sinn Fein's Adams Granted U.S. Visa

WASHINGTON -- The United States has approved a visa for Gerry Adams, head of the Irish Republican Army's political wing Sinn Fein, saying it was in response to the IRA's latest cease-fire.


U.S. officials said Adams was expected to visit Washington and New York, arriving Sept. 2 and returning home Sept. 7.


State Department spokesman James Rubin said Thursday that Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had approved the visa request and that there would be no restrictions on Adams' raising funds in the United States. The visa is for three months and allows multiple entries.


"He has been granted visa waivers in the past, based on a cease-fire. And so there is a cease-fire in place, and she granted that waiver this morning," Rubin said.


Adams made several trips to the United States in the period before the IRA ended an initial 17-month cease-fire in February 1996.