Number 10: Adams arrest an independent police matter

Asked about claims Gerry Adams's arrest was politically motivated, David Cameron's official spokesman told a regular Westminster media briefing: "This is entirely - and rightly so - an independent police matter.

"The fact that there has been an ongoing investigation into this for a period of time is a well-known matter of public record."

The spokesman declined to say whether Downing Street had been given advance notice of the arrest by police.


'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.