But even a glance at the contrast between how the situation was in January 1994, during his first visit, and what it is like now, would lead any objective observer to realize what incredible progress has been made in the intervening eight years. Crisis there might be, with the institutions of government suspended, but in 1994, as Adams arrived in New York he was leaving behind an on-warring conflict that was still taking lives. This time around, when Adams spoke at the press conference during his trip to meet New Jersey Governor James McGreevey, he could express the hope that some day there would be no armed groups left in Ireland. Had he dared to admit such hopes in early 1994, he would have been taken to a lunatic asylum.
Eight years ago, Adams