Tuesday 16 January 2018

Martin McGuinness: ‘Gerry Adams will be released shortly’

Anne-Marie Walsh

SINN Fein’s Martin McGuinness has said he expects Gerry Adams to be released shortly to lead the party through elections north and south.

Speaking at Sinn Fein offices in Dublin, Mr McGuinness rejected claims by First Minister Peter Robinson that the party was trying to blackmail the PSNI.

Mr McGuinness has warned that Sinn Fein will review its support for policing if Mr Adams is charged.

“Our party leader is presently in a police station,” he said.

“I fully expect that he will join us in the course of the next couple of days and continue to lead our campaign all over this island.”

He said Mr Adams was being questioned because of discredited tapes made in Boston by “characters” who vehemently opposed Sinn Fein and hated Mr Adams.

“It’s pay back time for them,” he said.

Earlier Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly said of Mr Adams: "He's very thankful for the solidarity that was shown by people, he is being treated well by the custody staff, he looks well. 

"Like myself and all the members of Sinn Fein, he believes that the timing of this was political.”



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