The gathering included luminaries such as Brian Keenan. Not the deceased IRA man, addressing delegates by video link from hell, but rather the pretentious poet-hostage whom discerning Lebanese literature fans confined to a small cell for four years in a vain attempt to protect the reading public from his offences. Unfortunately Islamic Jihad's public-spiritedness did not last forever and their former detainee acquired an audience for unwieldy, tortuous prose after his release.
Star of the 'Irish unity' show, however, was another sentimental nationalist known for the woeful quality of his writing. Unionists will be concerned to learn that Adams is 'confident' that Ireland will be united within a generation. Conversely they will be heartened to read his clear and helpful advice as to how that outcome might be brought about.
"I can’t tell you how to do it. You know how to do it. and if you don’t, you’ll find out.”