Detention of Adams “designed to damage Sinn Fein”: McDonald

May 5, 2014

The recent arrest and detention of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams was politically motivated and designed to damage the party in the upcoming elections, party vice-president, Mary Lou McDonald, has claimed.

Mr Adams was released from police custody on Sunday evening after being questioned for four days in relation to the disappearance of Belfast mother-of-ten, Jean McConville.

Pointing out that Adams went voluntarily to Antrim police station on Wednesday, Ms McDonald said: “Gerry Adams is right to confront this issue. There has been a concerted and malicious effort to link Gerry Adams to this case for some considerable time.  He has consistently and forthrightly rejected any suggestion that he had any part in what happened to Jean McConville 42 years ago or that he has any information about these dreadful events.”

Stating her belief that the decision by the PSNI “is politically motivated and designed to damage Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin”, she added: “It is Sinn Féin’s view that legacy issues and dealing with the past, including past conflict events, are best addressed through an independent, international, truth recovery process.  In the absence of that, we have agreed to and are seeking the implementation of the Haass compromise proposals. These include the right of families to choose whether to pursue legal action or to seek maximum truth recovery.”