FOLLOWING the revelations published on whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks on Monday that Sinn Féin president and Louth General Election hopeful Gerry Adams may have had prior knowledge of the Northern Bank raid in 2004, county councillor Tomás Sharkey has leapt to the defence of his party leader.
Speaking before Mr Adams was formally ratified as the party's sole General Election candidate for Louth at the next election, Cllr Sharkey said: "Gerry Adams has the party support".
He also hit out at locally-based Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern over his claims earlier that day that the statements published on WikiLeaks are what the government believes to be true even still.
Blasting the Blackrock man, Cllr Sharkey said: "Dermot Ahern remember is a failed politician.
"He's the Minister for Justice and if there is evidence then it's up to the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern to actually put that evidence on the table.
"There's nobody better placed to bring a prosecution if there is evidence than Dermot Ahern but there's not. He's an absolute spoofer and people in this county will see he's a bare faced liar.
"It's bare faced lies he is coming out with and he's doing it for his own personalised last sting of a dying wasp's political career."