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Despite SF's claim that Adams is asset, poll shows it would do much better without him

Published 17/05/2014 | 17:00

Gerry Adams after he was released from Antrim Police Station a week ago. Photo: Brian Lawless
Gerry Adams after he was released from Antrim Police Station a week ago. Photo: Brian Lawless

HALF the nation believes Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams is a liar. They do not accept his statements he was not involved in the abduction, murder and disappearance of widowed mother of 10 children, Jean McConville.

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That is the standout finding of an opinion poll for the Irish Independent today. The result shows that Mr Adams remains the most divisive figure in Irish public life.

And the huge level of popular disbelief in his assertions about Jean McConville mirrors the rejection, in both Ireland and Britain by politicians on all sides, of his often-repeated denials of ever being a member of the IRA.

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