Gerry Adams’ brother remanded on continuing bail

THE brother of Louth Sinn Fein (SF) TD Gerry Adams has had extradition proceedings against him adjourned for a month.

THE brother of Louth Sinn Fein (SF) TD Gerry Adams has had extradition proceedings against him adjourned for a month.

Liam Adams, a brother of SF President Gerry Adams, is being sought in the North to face 18 charges of rape, indecent assault and gross indecency against his daughter, Aine Tyrell, who has waived her right to anonymity.

He denies all the charges and is contesting the request for his surrender. Mr Justice John Edwards remanded Adams on continuing bail until April 6 next.

Judge Edwards remanded Adams after counsel for the State, Mr Remy Farrell BL, said the Minister would accede to a further adjournment.

In December 2009, former SF election agent Fra Browne told The Dundalk Democrat that Liam Adams was an active and well-known member of SF Dundalk in the 1990s. Mr Browne made his comments after former Louth SF TD Arthur Morgan publicly stated that Adams was not a high profile member of the party in Dundalk.

Mr Browne said Adams was a contender for nomination as a candidate in the 1997 election, alongside Owen Hanratty. However, a number of people in the party were said to have been concerned because Adams was from Belfast.

The candidacy was secured by Owenie Hanratty who was later photographed on the campaign trail with Liam and Gerry Adams. Hanratty’s wife, Marie, and Mr Browne also posed for the picture in June 1997.

No-one in the photograph, except for Louth SF TD Gerry Adams, knew that Liam Adams was a suspected paedophile, accused of sexually abusing his daughter 25 years ago.

Adams, who is wanted by the PSNI following claims that he sexually abused his daughter from the age of four, gave himself up to Gardai in December 2009.

He walked into a Garda station in Sligo but could not be detained as they did not have the right warrant.