Sinn Fein's Gerry Kelly refused to say what if any impact the arrest of leader Gerry Adams would have on the party's position on policing, saying the party was "assessing" what was happening. After condemning the timing and police handling of the arrest, Mr Kelly said:
This is quite a serious situation.
He is leader of Sinn Fein, he is being questioned about things that happened over 42 years ago and let me say this very clearly, the McConville family and the suffering that they have gone through is not going to be assisted by another injustice which is being perpetrated now.
Adams denies playing any role in the murder of Jean McConville. The police have until 8pm this evening to charge or release him.