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Thursday 22 February 2018

Martin McGuinness: ‘Serious departure’ if Gerry Adams is charged with IRA membership

Deputy Leader of Sinn Fein Martin McGuinness has said that it will be a “serious departure” if Gerry Adams is charged with IRA membership.

Adams is undergoing a fourth day of questioning by detectives over the 1972 murder of Belfast mother-of-10 Jean McConville. Extra time granted to police to question him will expire later today at 8pm.

Mr McGuinness said there would be “huge uneasy” amongst all those who negotiated the Good Friday agreement “including the United States government”.

“We would find ourselves in a situation where so many years after the Good Friday agreement and the establishment of the institutions. This would represent a very serious departure from the approach taken.”

Speaking on RTE Radio this afternoon, Mr Guinness said Mr Adams was cooperating fully with the PSNI’s line of questioning.

Mr McGuinness also said he advised the McConville children to approach the PSNI if they knew who killed Jean McConville in 1972.

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