Adams set to snub banquet with Queen

SINN Féin president Gerry Adams is set to snub an invite to a banquet with the Queen when she visits Ireland later this month.

SINN Féin president Gerry Adams is set to snub an invite to a banquet with the Queen when she visits Ireland later this month.

As the leader of the second-largest opposition party in the Dáil, the Louth TD is expected to be formally invited to the lavish banquet at Dublin Castle.

However, Sinn Féin has made it clear that it will not be engaging on any level with Queen Elizabeth’s visit and that Deputy Adams will not be attending the function.

The party has shied away though from backing or taking part in any protests against the Queen.

A Sinn Féin spokesman said: “You can take it for 100pc that Gerry Adams will not be attending that banquet and the event will not be attended by any representatives of the party.

“Sinn Féin will not be participating in any events surrounding the Queen’s visit.”

Previously, Deputy Adams has described the visit of the Queen as “insensitive” as it takes place on the 37th anniversary of the May 17 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings, in which 33 civilians died. He also described it as “premature.”