Gerry Adams: Sinn Fein didn’t know about abuse claims

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has insisted that party members in Dundalk knew nothing of the allegations that his brother Liam had been accused of sex abuse against his daughter.

Writing on his personal blog, Mr Adams also admitted he has regrets about how he has dealt with aspects of the case which continues to throw up questions about his judgment and leadership of the party.



Still facing questions over the family crisis, having revealed his father subjected family members to emotional, physical and sexual abuse over many years, the West Belfast MP also said it appeared the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are still several weeks away from obtaining a European warrant under which his younger brother could be arrested.



But Mr Adams has insisted he has no further questions to answer after he intervened to prevent Liam becoming a Sinn Fein candidate in an election in the Republic.



He said until he heard Liam was put forward, he did not know his brother was a member of Sinn Fein. This week he added: “I want to make it clear that republicans in Dundalk and senior party colleagues were not aware of the allegations against Liam Adams. The simple fact is in my opinion he should not have been a member of Sinn Fein.



“I have also acknowledged on a number of occasions publicly that I have regrets about how I dealt with aspects of this issue. I say this with hindsight and in the context of today’s standards.



“However, it is important to state that this was first and foremost a private family matter in which all of us were reeling from the revelations around our father.”







How did the head of Sinn Fein not know his brother was a party member?

While he knew Liam was in Dundalk Mr Adams insists he did not know he was a Sinn Fein member until he heard Liam was going forward as a candidate in 1997, which he then moved to prevent. He later left the party.



What about the pictures printed in a Dundalk newspaper of Martin McGuinness and Liam?



Mr Adams says in an unused part of his interview with UTV that he made clear he was in contact with Liam occasionally during this period and though he believed his niece Aine, Liam was denying the allegations. Mr Adams says republicans in Dundalk weren’t aware of the claims against his brother.



Was Gerry Adams largely motivated by wanting to cover up family secrets?



Mr Adams says he was told by those with experience in helping victims of that, unless the victim is a minor, it is not for anyone else to presume to take decisions for a victim or to publicly identify a victim.



Could he have been more pro-active in resolving the dispute?



Both Aine and Liam were out of the country for significant lengths of time during the years. When Aine came back to live in Ireland he says he offered to go to the police and go public and would support her “in whatever action she might decide. Aine told me she wanted Liam to admit what he had done”. This was the start of a very long and difficult process, Mr Adams said.



Is there anything Mr Adams would have done differently in retrospect?



He wrote on his blog yesterday: “....it is important to state that for me this was first and foremost a private family matter in which all of us were reeling from the revelations around our father and some of us were trying to provide support and closure for those abused by him and for Aine. I did my best.

Source: The Belfast Telegraph

Sport
The sun rises over St Andrews golf course, but will it be a new dawn for the Royal and Ancient Golf Club?
sportAnd it's Yes to women (at the R&A)
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
tvSeries celebrates 20th anniversary
Sport
Yaya Touré (left) and Bayern Munich’s Spanish defender Juan Bernat
footballToure's lack of defensive work is big problem for City
Voices
voicesApple continually kill off smaller app developers, and that's no good for anyone
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebooksAn unforgettable anthology of contemporary reportage
Arts and Entertainment
Liam Neeson said he wouldn't
tv

Liam Neeson's Downton dreams

Sport
Wembley Stadium
footballNews follows deal with Germany
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
Sport
A 'Sir Alex Feguson' tattoo
football

Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear
tv

Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage

Life and Style
life

News
ScienceGallery: Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'
Life and Style
fashion

Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Volunteer your expertise as Trustee for The Society of Experimental Biology

Unpaid Voluntary Position : Reach Volunteering: Promising volunteer Trustee op...

Email Designer

£30000 - £35000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client is curr...

Psychology Teacher

£110 - £130 per hour: Randstad Education Reading: Psychology Teacher needed fo...

Food Technology Teacher

£85 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: Randstad Education are curren...

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week