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Gerry Adams launches 'Irish unity' Easter egg

Gerry Adams launches his Irish unity Easter egg

FORMER Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams has launched "cross-community, all Ireland, all island Easter egg".

In an unusual video shared on social media, Mr Adams unveiled a “very, very, very special package that we have put together at considerable expense” – a chocolate egg wrapped in a sheet of paper declaring #Time4Unity.

“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," the former West Belfast MP said.

“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.”

Along with friend and his long-standing press officer Richard McAuley, Mr Adams has previously launched Valentine’s Day and St Patrick’s Day cards.

The former Sinn Féin leader was accused by some Twitter users of displaying a lack of respect, as the light-hearted video coincided with 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.

Johnathan Ball (left) and Tim Parry who died in the IRA's Warrington bomb 28 years ago. Picture by PA Photo

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