There have been several attempts on Adair's life, and he is genuinely hated and feared by nationalists. But there is some evidence, at least once the danger is passed, that he enjoys the added notoriety such attacks bring. Only last week he claimed the IRA had tried to kill him with a home-made grenade, though no evidence was made available to the police. Since his release, Adair has claimed to be a 'community worker' but appears to have an affluent lifestyle. Recently he took his family on holiday to Jamaica and, when not wearing his trademark T-shirt, he is fond of designer clothes.
The BBC described Adair as "the most controversial, high-profile and ubiquitous" of all the paramilitaries operating in Northern Ireland during this period.  The IRA's Shankill Road Bombing of a fish shop in October 1993 was an attempt to assassinate Adair and the rest of the UDA's Belfast leadership in reprisal for attacks on Catholics. The office above the shop was the UDA's Shankill headquarters and a meeting was due to take place shortly after the bomb exploded.   The bomb detonated prematurely, killing one of the two IRA men, Thomas Begley , and nine Protestants (a UDA volunteer and eight civilians). The UDA retaliated by carrying out the Greysteel massacre in County Londonderry , an attack on the Rising Sun bar in which eight civilians, two of whom were Protestants, were shot dead. While Adair was targeted for assassination a number of times, he frequently exaggerated the number of attempts.