Adams waxes lyrical on becoming part of national tourist attraction

House of Wax

Adams waxes lyrical on becoming part of national tourist attraction

Deputy Gerry Adams came face to face with a wax version of himself last week.

The National Wax Museum unveiled the wax effegy of Adams this week and the Deputy was on hand to admire the handy work.

His wax double will go on display in the Good Friday Agreement section of the museum.

This section which pays tribute to the Peace Process is part of a larger section of the attraction The Time Vaults of Irish History.

The Time Vaults of Irish History is devoted to important events in Irish History from the Vikings to the Good Friday Agreement including the 1916 Easter Rising Exhibit.

The addition of Mr Adams' figure completes an exhibit featuring all the major political figures involved.

Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Deputy Adams said: “Someone in my office had set it up, but didn't fully realise that 12 people would arrive at Leinster House.

“As it turned out that couldn't be done as there were too many people and you're not allowed to do that sort of thing in Leinster House.

“Again, not realising what the process was I went over to the Wax Museum, where I met a very nice man called PJ Heraghty.

“They made a plaster cast of my face.

“It took an hour and half. It became quite hot on my face and became very heavy.

“PJ came back and took forensic measurements of the space between my eyes and ears.

“He then had to put in every single hair individually.

“My involvment was just those two engagements.”

Mr Adams is 6'1 and weighs 13 and half stone and he was on hand for the official unveiling.

He says he didn't ponder coming face to face with his likeness to any great degree.

“First of all it was a very small room, it was very dark and there were a whole gaggle of journalists and TV cameras and so on and I actually have the chance to applaud it. Looking back on the photographs afterwards and reflecting back, it is bizarre. It's a bit of an odd experience.

“I said that thought PJ had improved me, I'm in need of improvement,' quipped Deputy Adams.

“It was described as the Good Friday Agreement Section and it's more accurate to describe it as the peace process section.

“For example Ian Paisley is in it and he was against the Good Friday Agreement. Subsequently he went on to make peace.

“Tony Blair's not in it. David Trimble's not in it. John Bruton is in and he had nothing to do with the Good Friday Agreement, and John Major didn't have anything to do with the Good Friday Agreement.”

Deputy Adams said he sees this chapter of his life and his ongoing role in the southern Irish politics as a “continuum' and not different chapters.

Deputy Adams also launched a new book on tweets - My Little Book of Tweets - which he himself describes as “only a wee bit of craic.”

“It's a distraction and a wee bit of light relief and hopefully others will have the same view of it.

“It's a small book and shaped in a similar size to a mobile phone.”

Deputy Adams says he is a big fan of Twitter and the ability to share the lighter side of life.

“I enjoy the feedback and the interaction that takes place. I like the immediacy of it.

“Without getting too deep about it I like the sense of independence. I don't have to rely on others to reflect accurately what I say. If I make a mess, I make a mess. There moderate, that's no interlocutor.

“I do like the more quirky side of it,” Deputy Adams says: “I very rarely block people, but on occasion I have when I have received some obscene and abusive commentary at times. This comes from people who are very hositle or who have issues in their lives. That aspect you just have to be detached from.

“The only reason my account has got attention is because it's light hearted and frivolous, and a bit of a distraction, and I make no apologies for that.

“In every solemn or serious event there will be something that will catch your eye. That's just being human.

“I'd be savouring little moments like that whether I tweeted them or not.”

The account was originally opened in Deputy Adams' name when he was elected to Leinster House.

“It wasn't used and I didn't use it. I didn't understand it. I was told this is the way to go. I said I don't want to be sticking out the usual polemic statements, why would people want to be reading that stuff.I said ' I will do it, but it will be my account. I wasn't trying to reach out to any particular sector or generation.

“I just discovered when I tweeted about getting locked out. First I said I was going to climb the water pipe and then I said I needed a 'glazier'. That caught people's attention and it was a bit of a revelation.

“A lot of people who come back at me are young people, but that wasn't part of some grand plan.

“I think it's good to debunk politics and make fun of yourelf. We all make mistakes and get caught in funny situations.”

My Little Book of Tweets is out now.