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Liam Adams abused daughter when she was a child

The paedophile brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has been sentenced to 16 years in prison after being found guilty last month of a string of sexual assaults against his daughter.

Aine Dahlstrom has waived her right to anonymity. Credit: Julien Behal/PA Archive

Liam Adams was found guilty of 10 offences against his daughter Aine Dahlstrom, who has waived her right to anonymity, when she was a child in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

The abuse was committed over a five-year period between 1977 and 1981, when she was aged between four and nine.

Adams' convictions have heaped further pressure on his brother to explain why he did not alert authorities to the abuse allegations when he first learned of them.

During a first trial earlier this year, which collapsed, the Sinn Fein leader claimed he first heard of the sex abuse claims in 1987 and, 13 years later, his younger brother admitted his guilt to him.

Gerry Adams to attend west Belfast parade

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams said he will attend a parade in west Belfast later today to "support the families of the Ballymurphy massacre".

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams . Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ahead of the march, Adams said he believes an independent panel should be appointed "to examine all of the documents relating to the context, circumstances and aftermath of the deaths" of 11 people during the Troubles.


Lord Mayor 'punched' by loyalists in Belfast

Lord Mayor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir was heckled by loyalist protesters Credit: UTV News

Belfast's Lord Mayor, Sinn Fein's Mairtin O'Muilleor, has been attacked by loyalist protesters at the re-opening of a children's park in north Belfast.

Mr O Muilleoir, 53, required a police escort to evade angry protesters at the re-opening of a park in the staunchly unionist Woodvale area.

The high-profile businessman and city councillor said he was kicked and punched during the altercation. Police said nine of their officers were injured during the incident, although none required hospital treatment.

Community tensions are high in Woodvale after recent loyalist rioting over a decision to prevent three protestant Orange Order lodges parading past the nearby nationalist Ardoyne area.

Loyalists have accused Sinn Fein of waging a cultural war against their community.

Watch UTV's video of the incident: Police shield SF mayor from protesters

Adams: Thatcher 'did great hurt to Irish and British people'

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has criticised Lady Thatcher, saying "her Irish policy failed miserably":

Margaret Thatcher did great hurt to the Irish and British people during her time as British Prime Minister.

Working class communities were devastated in Britain because of her policies.

Her role in international affairs was equally belligerent whether in support of the Chilean dictator Pinochet, her opposition to sanctions against apartheid South Africa; and her support for the Khmer Rouge.

Here in Ireland her espousal of old draconian militaristic policies prolonged the war and caused great suffering.

Margaret Thatcher will be especially remembered for her shameful role during the epic hunger strikes of 1980 and ’81.

Her Irish policy failed miserably.

Sinn Fein: Community shocked by murder

Kieran McManus died of his injuries after he was shot outside the Domino's in West Belfast Credit: UTV

Paul Maskey, Sinn Fein MP for West Belfast says the community is shocked by the murder of a young father of one on Saturday night.

"Those who carried out this shooting should be ashamed of themselves" he said. "People are shocked that this is the Easter holiday period and people were in good form and someone, last night, was willing to go out and take the life of another individual".

Northern Ireland's Justice Minister David Ford has also condemned the murder. "There can be no cause that can justify the taking of a precious human life and no excuse can explain the suffering that results" he said. Both politicians urged any witnesses to the attack to speak to the police.

Sinn Fein's Francie Molloy wins Mid Ulster by-election

Francie Molloy has won the Mid Ulster by-election to fill the seat vacated by Martin McGuinness at Westminster.

Stormont's deputy First Minister resigned from the Westminster role in December.


  1. Tim Ewart

Most people are happy after McGuinness handshake

Twenty thousand people have gathered for a garden party with the Queen this afternoon and I think if we spoke to them, then the overwhelming majority are happy with what happened; welcome that handshake and see it as good step for the future of this country.

Having said that there are others who don't, dissident Republicans who feel that Martin McGuinness has sold out, and that Sinn Fein is doing this purely for political purposes.

There are also families who have suffered at the hands of the IRA. People who have lost husbands and wives, sons and daughters, who find it very uncomfortable to see a former commander of the IRA shaking hands with the British Queen.

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