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Gerry Adams calls on the Government to condemn attacks against him and other Sinn Fein figures

Published 06/05/2015 | 16:43

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has called on the Government to condemn the attacks against him and other Sinn Fein figures in Northern Ireland.

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A bomb threat was made against Mr Adams family home earlier today, while Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness’s house was recently attacked with paint balls.

Mr Adams said there have been seven bomb alerts and five attacks on Sinn Fein members in the past weeks.

He said the people behind the attacks are “focused stupidly” on the British general election tomorrow.

He said the actions have to be “roundly repudiated” and insisted they would not stop Sinn Fein or influence voting intentions.

“It totally and absolutely runs against any sense of decency or fairness and in all cases. These were family homes, with spouses, partners and in some cases children, and grandchildren,” he said.

Mr Adams said the attacks run against popular opinion in the North and criticised the Government and Fianna Fail for their “deafening silence” on the threats. 

“If this was an attack on any other party Sinn Fein would be out there shoulder to shoulder with whoever the targets were and making it clear this is unacceptable. I would look to the Government to do the same thing here and break their silence on this,” he said.

Mr Adams said his wife Collette was at home when the bomb alert was first received by a Belfast newspaper from a caller who used a “code”.

He said the paper contacted Sinn Fein which in turn contacted the PSNI.

“That’s the environment that I and others work and engage in our activism - we just get on with it,” Mr Adams said.

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