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Monday 20 November 2017

Gerry Adams 'prepared to speak to police if asked' following BBC Spotlight allegations

Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

SINN Féin Gerry Adams has said he would be prepared to speak to police investigating the murder of Denis Donaldson if asked to do so.

Mr Adams today said he categorically denied the allegations that he sanctioned the murder of the former Sinn Féin member.

The claims, made during Tuesday night's 'BBC Spotlight' programme, have rocked the party.

But speaking to reporters at the Ploughing Championship in Tullamore, Co Offaly, the Louth TD insisted the allegations are false.

He said he does not know who killed Mr Donaldson in 2006.

"It's wrong. I repudiate it, deny it absolutely and categorically and specifically," he said.

Mr Adams suggested that "elements within the British system" are being the allegations.

Asked if he will speak to the police if they wish him to?

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"Absolutely, of course I will."

The #BBC Spotlight' programme heard from a former IRA member turned British agent known as 'Martin' who alleged that Mr Adams sanctioned the murder of Mr Donaldson in 2006.

The murder happened a decade after the so-called IRA ceasefire was announced.

Spotlight also claimed that tax cheat Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, who Mr Adams described as a 'good republican', sought the murder of Mr Donaldson.

Speaking to reporters at the Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co Offaly, Mr Martin admitted that he had not seen the programme in its entirely.

But he attacked Sinn Féin, saying the party is not fit for Government.

"I do get concerned when Sinn Fein just pounce on the messenger, attack and deny, attack and deny, which is a standard pattern od sinn fein response to situations like this," Mr Martin said.

The Cork South Central TD also expressed concern that there has not yet been an inquest into Mr Donaldson's murder.

Asked whether Fianna Fáil would consider entering government with Sinn Féin in the future, he replied:

"Our view is very consistent with our view before the election. We will not be going into governnment with Sinn Féin. We do not believe Sinn Féin is fit for governmebt. Their whole modus operandi is wrong. It's not a democratic party and we are very, very clear about that."

Minister Varadkar was also present at the Ploughing Championships and commented on the allegations.

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