Sunday 17 December 2017

Suzanne Breen: Adams's silence on his brother's abuse strips him of all credibility

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams

MAJOR questions hang over the political leadership of Gerry Adams following the conviction of his brother Liam for child sexual abuse. By not informing Sinn Fein of the sexual abuse allegations against his brother when he was first told them in 1987, Mr Adams broke his own party's rules.

Reporting restrictions during the trial meant that the Sinn Fein president's actions couldn't be put in the public domain. But his inadequate response after learning of his brother's paedophilia can now be detailed.

In 2009, Mr Adams told UTV's 'Insight' that he had believed Aine from the moment in 1987 when she told him her father had raped her. He said he'd always supported her and that, after hearing her claims, he had been estranged from his brother for 15 years.

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