Monday 5 December 2016

Almost 30 years on, Sinn Fein leader still a suspect

The last time Gerry Adams was arrested it was in relation to one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles.

Published 04/05/2014 | 02:30

Jean McConville and three of her children before she vanished in 1972
Jean McConville and three of her children before she vanished in 1972
The La Mon House Hotel fire
Bloody Friday
Bobby Sands
Jean McConville
IRA bombing in England
Garda Seamus Quaid

It has been 26 years since Gerry Adams last saw the inside of a police station and faced questioning in relation to an IRA atrocity.

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He was arrested in the immediate aftermath of the bomb attack on the La Mon House Hotel in east Belfast in February 1978, in which 12 died and 30 were badly injured. At the time, Adams was reputedly chief of staff of the IRA, though he hotly disputes this claim.

The napalm bomb which incinerated its victims had been made in the Ballymurphy area of west Belfast where he lived.

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