Adams Presents Prince Charles With Detonation Device Used In Mountbatten Bomb
“It would basically be like turning on the immersion for a nice bath, only the water tank is thirty pounds of Semtex located a few hundred yards away on a boat,” Gerry Adams told British Monarch Prince Charles today after presenting him with the original detonation device used to blow up favourite uncle Lord Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma in 1979.
Gifting the British Prince with the piece, the Sinn Fein leader explained how the device had been used multiple times in the past, and had a long and illustrious history during the time of the troubles.
“Aye, it nearly got Maggie in Brighton too,” he went on, to a visibly awed Charles, who couldn’t help but stare vacantly at the 36-year-old radio transmitter. “This baby has seen a good few of your lads off at this stage. Feel how smooth the switch action is. They don’t make them like that anymore. Libyan I think”.
The pair met on the campus of the National University of Ireland, Galway today as part of the Prince’s royal tour of Ireland with his wife the Duchess of Cornwall. The meeting was held mostly away from cameras, making a handshake more likely between the Republican leaders and the royal.
Later in his trip Charles, joined by Camilla, will visit the village of Mullaghmore in County Sligo – the site where his great-uncle was killed by the IRA.
“Just wanted to let you know I was never involved in that particular incident,” Adams said, before introducing Martin McGuinness from his right. “But I can’t vouch for Marty here,” He concluded in jest.