(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Fein, the leading republican political party in Northern Ireland.
Personal: Birth date: October 6, 1948
Birth place: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Birth name: Gerard Adams
Father: Gerry Adams, laborer and republican activist
Mother: Annie (Hannaway) Adams, mill worker
Marriage: Colette McArdle (1971-present)
Children: with Colette McArdle: Gearóid (son)
Other Facts: Sinn Fein means "we ourselves."
Has written more than 10 books.
Timeline: Early 1960s - Joins Sinn Fein, which supports the reunion of British-ruled Northern Ireland with the rest of Ireland.
1972 - Suspected of being an Irish Republican Army leader, Adams is interned without trial.
July 1972 - Is released to participate in secret peace talks with the British government.
1973-1977 - After peace talks fail, Adams is imprisoned again.
1978 - Elected vice president of Sinn Fein.
1983 - Elected president of Sinn Fein.
1983-1992 - Is the elected representative for West Belfast in the British House of Commons. Following Sinn Fein policy, Adams never takes his seat in order to avoid taking the obligatory oath of loyalty to the Queen of England.
1984 - Is shot and seriously wounded during an assassination attempt.
1988 - Begins talks with John Hume, the leader of Northern Ireland's Social Democratic and Labour Party.
1993 - Adams and Hume issue a statement suggesting ways to peacefully settle the conflict in Northern Ireland.
1994 - Is granted his first U.S. visa.
1997 - Meets with British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
April 1998 - The Good Friday Agreement, also known as the Belfast Agreement, is signed, establishing a democratically elected assembly in Northern Ireland. The assembly is suspended several times, with the last suspension ending in 2007.
June 1998 - Is elected to the new Northern Ireland Assembly.
2011 - Is elected to the Dáil, Ireland's parliament.