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Gerry Adams apologises for tweeting N-word in response to Django Unchained

Gerry Adams has apologised for using the N-word in a tweet about film Django Unchained but defended the "context and substance" of the point he was making.

The Sinn Fein president said it was "inappropriate" to have used the N-word on his Twitter account after watching the Quentin Tarantino slavery film on Sunday night.

He tweeted: "Watching Django Unchained - A Ballymurphy N*****!" Although the tweet was removed swiftly it provoked a furious reaction.

Mr Adams said he was trying to make "a parallel between the plight of people here in Ireland the struggle of people from African-American extraction".

He added that the Irish civil-rights campaign, of which he has played a major role, was based broadly on the American civil rights campaign.


Adams: 'I made no threat against Michael McConville'

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has denied that he made any threats to Michael McConville during their past conversations.

Quoted on the party's website, Mr Adams said: “My sole purpose in meeting with Michael McConville was and is to help the family."

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams denied warning Michael McConville of a 'backlash.' Credit: Brian Lawless/PA

"I can understand the antipathy they feel toward republicans given the abduction and killing of their mother and the life they subsequently had.

"However, I made no threat against Michael McConville and neither did I warn of backlash."

'Insufficient evidence' on Gerry Adams for prosecution

Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams at an election rally at the Devenish Complex, Belfast. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

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

The BBC said that it understands no charges would be brought against Mr Adams unless significant new evidence comes to light, according to the Press Association.

Gerry Adams warned of 'credible' death threat

Gerry Adams has been warned of a "credible" death threat, Sinn Fein said.

The message was passed to the PSNI by Mr Adams' wife while he was not at home.

Mr Adams, was released last night after four days of questioning about the notorious 1972 killing of Jean McConville and other alleged links with the IRA.

OAP assaulted after photographing Gerry Adams mural

A 74-year-old man believed to be photographing a new mural hailing Gerry Adams as a peacemaker, has been assaulted.

The mural in the republican Falls Road area of West Belfast depicts the Sinn Fein president beside the words "peacemaker, leader, visionary" and was a response to his arrest.

The new mural depicting Gerry Adams, in the Falls Road area of Belfast. Credit: PA

The photographer suffered cuts and bruises during Sunday's attack, a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman said.

"It was reported that a 74-year-old man was taking photographs of murals when he was approached by three unknown males. The males assaulted the man and stole his camera."

Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness launched the new mural at the weekend, which sits alongside one commemorating 1981 Maze prison IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands.

Hundreds of political paintings were created around Northern Ireland in republican and loyalist areas during the 30-year conflict.

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