Friday 15 December 2017

Two senior republicans refuse to talk with PSNI

Two women have been arrested by police probing suspected prostitution in south Belfast
Two women have been arrested by police probing suspected prostitution in south Belfast
Martin McGuinness

Greg Harkin Antrim

TWO senior republicans this week refused to give statements to the PSNI implicating Gerry Adams in IRA activity.

Garda killer Peter Rodgers and former internee Evelyn Gilroy refused to give the police statements on Thursday and yesterday.

Both have been critical of Mr Adams in the past few weeks, with Ms Gilroy calling for his arrest. Ms Gilroy was based in Divis Flats off Belfast's lower Falls Road when Jean McConville was abducted.

Mr Rodgers had claimed that both Mr Adams and the North's Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness had ordered him to take unsafe explosive material to Britain for a bombing campaign there.

While Mr McGuinness has admitted he was a former IRA commander, Mr Adams has persistently denied he was on the IRA army council or that he had any involvement with Ms McConville's disappearance.

Mr Rogers (69) is a former IRA prisoner who escaped from the Maidstone Prison Ship in 1972. Eight years later, he was jailed for the IRA murder of Detective Garda Seamus Quaid who was shot and killed in Co Wexford on October 13, 1980. Another officer was injured in the attack.

Meanwhile, a close friend of Ms Gilroy, a former internee and veteran republican, says that Gilroy was also asked for a statement implicating Mr Adams in IRA activity – but she refused, despite telling the 'Sunday Life' paper 10 days ago that Mr Adams should be arrested.

Ms Gilroy had told the paper: "I'm speaking out for the first time because I'm very angry that grassroots republicans are being arrested.

"Police have lifted people who were 15 and 16 at the time of the killing, yet Gerry Adams remains untouched.

"I'm disgusted that ordinary republicans are being put through the mill for his actions.

"It defies belief that he hasn't been arrested. The police should stop chasing those who were never in a position in the republican movement to order Jean McConville's execution and instead arrest the only person who was – Gerry Adams.

"He has got away with so much over the years. He now seems to be getting away with this as well. It will be a disgrace if ordinary people end up carrying the can for what he did."

But Ms Gilroy has refused to provide an affidavit backing up her claims. She is said to have been unwell in recent weeks.

Irish Independent

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