THE Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has insisted he “co-operated fully” with police over the the sexual abuse case that led to his brother being convicted last week.
Liam Adams was found guilty by a jury in Belfast of sexually abusing his daughter Aine. The abuse happened in the 1970s when she was between four and nine.
“With hindsight there are things I could have done differently, but I’m not on trial here,” Gerry Adams said on RTE Radio this morning. “ My brother was on trial. Aine has been vindicated. There is a lot of healing that needs to be done.”
However, Gerry Adams has come under severe criticism – including from within his own party – for waiting until 2009 before making a complaint to police despite knowing about the abuse almost a decade earlier.
All Aine wanted was for her father to acknowledge that he abused her, Mr Adams said, adding he tried to facilitate that but did not succeed.
While he acknowledged that some criticism was valid, he claimed others were “politically opportunistic”.
Separately, Mr Adams dismissed the Government’s campaign during the Seanad referendum as “ridiculously dismal”