Sunday 25 February 2018

Gerry Adams: "Had there been a charge against me, I would have been charged"

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams told party members that there “was a serious attempt” to charge him last week as he called for the Irish government to stop Britain from 'persecuting Republicans'.

“If there was a charge against me, I would have been charged," he insisted, adding, "But Sinn Fein is for policing. Sinn Fein's commitment is to build the peace."

Adams made the comments in his address to his party’s rally in Dublin this evening, which was attended by high profile figures such as Eamon Dunphy and Frances Black.

Deputy Mary Lou McDonald introduced the President to the packed room and loud applause as “the man who walks tall and we walk tall beside”.

Adams immediately shared his feelings about his arrest as part of the investigation into the 1972 murder to his audience.

“What happened to Jean McConville and her ten children was dreadful and unjust, especially because it was  Republicans who said, 'It was in the middle of the war’ and so on and so forth. But we cannot rail against injustice by British forces until we face up to these matters ourselves.”

“While the past is hugely important, it’s all about the future. It has to be about the future. The past cannot be allowed to chain people, to prevent people from building a decent future,” he said to approval from the crowd.

He joked about the “trouble” he had leaving the barracks where he had been detained by the PSNI. “I said to them: ‘If they were Republicans, you would have moved them’,” he laughed.

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