Saturday 17 March 2018

Adams slams 'dirty tricks' campaign

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams claimed his arrest and questioning about alleged IRA membership under the PSNI's Jean McConville murder investigation is part of a British and Unionist 'dirty tricks' campaign.

Mr Adams revealed his four days of questioning last week was dominated by questions about IRA membership, which he has denied for decades.

The SF leader, speaking in Cork at the party's Ireland South Euro election campaign launch, confirmed he has lodged a complaint with the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman over his questioning. He also said that his arrest was largely on the basis of the "discredited" Boston Tapes which included interviews with the late IRA volunteers, Brendan Hughes and Dolours Price.

Mr Adams has repeatedly said he had no knowledge or involvement in the 1972 killing of the widowed mother of 10. "I spent, as you know, a number of days in detention – I went there voluntarily because I wanted to confront this campaign against me around the dreadful killing and secret burial of Mrs Jean McConville," he said.

"For the four days that I was in there the case against me amounted to them attempting to prove that I was a member of the IRA and therefore must have known about this poor woman's execution."

"What they did was say ... given your family, given your community, given the times you were living in, given your associations, given your time in Long Kesh, given your involvement with the peace talks in 1972, given even your habit of calling people comrade ... you are bound to have been a member of the IRA."

Mr Adams insisted he was never a member of the IRA.

Irish Independent

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