Timing of Adams arrest 'politically motivated'

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has been arrested in connection with 1972 abduction and murder of Jean McConville. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Fein's deputy leader has said she believes the timing of president Gerry Adams' arrest is "politically motivated and designed to damage" the party and its leader.

Mary Lou McDonald said: “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.

"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."

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'Insufficient evidence' on Gerry Adams for prosecution

There is "insufficient evidence" to pursue a prosecution against Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams in relation to the 1972 murder of Jean McConville, according to reports.