Gerry Adams has launched his latest bid for Irish unity, this time in the form of a chocolate egg.
In a video shared on Twitter, the former Sinn Féin president unveiled a “very, very, very special package that we have put together at considerable expense” – a chocolate egg wrapped in a sheet of paper that says #Time4Unity.
Adams said: “While we honour our patriot dead, and it’s very, very important that we do so and we remember the sacrifices of all of those generations, and particularly the men and women of our own time and also the men and women of 1916 … Easter is also about Easter eggs.
“What better thing to unite the people of Ireland, than a Uniting Ireland Easter egg. Let me tell you, even the unionists like Easter eggs.”
Adams and his long-term ally and press officer, Richard McAuley, have previously brought out Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day cards as part of their Uniting Ireland project.
He said it was a “cross-community, all Ireland, all island Easter egg” and included a proclamation and Easter lily. Owing to coronavirus restrictions there is a limited supply, and the eggs are only available in Belfast, Adams said.
Some Twitter users accused Adams of disrespect for announcing the news on the 28th anniversary of the death of 12-year-old Tim Parry and three-year-old Jonathan Ball, who were killed by an IRA bomb in Warrington. More than 50 people were injured in the attack, for which no one has ever been prosecuted.
“Greetings from Warrington. 28 years ago today. Shame on you talking about your Easter eggs,” one user responded.