A DEATH threat hangs over Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams, just hours after he was released from police custody.
Mr Adams was not at home when a PSNI officer called to pass on information about the threat yesterday.
The Sinn Fein president was released from arrest on Sunday, following four days of questioning over the 1972 disappearance and murder of mother-of-ten Jean McConville.
According to a statement from Sinn Fein's Justice spokesperson in the North, Raymond McCartney, the death threat was also made against fellow Sinn Fein figure Bobby Storey.
"I can confirm that the PSNI visited the homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey last night to warn them of a credible threat against their lives," Mr McCartney said.
"The PSNI officer told Gerry Adams' wife Collette that they had information of a serious threat from criminals to Gerry Adams, who was not at home at the time.
"Clearly there are elements that are opposed to the peace process and anti-Sinn Fein.
"We will not allow them to succeed nor will we be deflected from our determination to build the peace process."
Mr Adams is due to make a public address at Dublin's Alexander Hotel on Fenian Street tonight as part of a "major" election rally.
Asked if gardai had been notified or if there would be extra security, he said: "I'm sure the party is looking after it."
Meanwhile, Fianna Fail justice spokesman Niall Collins has called on senior Sinn Fein figures to retract allegations that the PSNI's arrest of Mr Adams was politically motivated.
He said: "The comments from Mary Lou McDonald and other senior Sinn Fein figures in recent days need to be challenged.
"The constant reference to a 'dark side' within the PSNI, represents very damaging rhetoric and serves only to put political pressure on policing and encourage those who seek to undermine progress in the North."
He added: "I would have expected that Sinn Fein would understand the damage caused."