A WAR of words has broken out locally between Sinn Féin's Louth General Election candidate Gerry Adams and Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern following revelations published on whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks that Mr Adams and Martin McGuinness had prior knowledge of the Northern Bank raid in 2004.
In the leaked cable from 2005, then US ambassador James Kenny said officials in Dublin told him that Adams and McGuinness were aware that the 26.5 million robbery at the Belfast bank, which was blamed on the IRA, was going to be carried out.
Minister Ahern said this week it was the government's belief at the time that the Sinn Fin pair had knowledge of the raid and he said that that hadn't changed.
He said there were also outstanding issues in the area regarding Jean McConville and Tom Oliver that people should take "retribution" for at the polls.
Mr Adams hit back at Minister Ahern though, describing the claims as "utter nonsense."
He said he had no "black background" and hit back at Ahern by mentioning his involvement in the Ray Burke affair in the late 1990s.
Local Sinn Fin councillor Toms Sharkey also hit out at Minister Ahern calling him a "bare faced liar" and "absolute spoofer" and said the Blackrock man was making the claims as a "last sting of a dying wasp's political career."