Adams judgement due in September

THE brother of Louth Sinn Fein TD Gerry Adams has denied all rape and abuse charges against him in a High Court fight against extradition to the North.

THE brother of Louth Sinn Fein TD Gerry Adams has denied all rape and abuse charges against him in a High Court fight against extradition to the North.

Liam Adams, aged 56, is wanted to face multiple charges of rape and indecent assault against his daughter, Aine Tyrell, when she was aged between four and ten-years-old.

Counsel for Adams, Mr Michael O’Higgins SC, told the High Court on Tuesday, July 26 that his client would not receive a fair trial in the North.

During the hearing, Mr Justice John Edwards described the content of a TV news programme detailing allegations of sexual abuse made against Adams by his daughter as “objectionable and obnoxious”.

The High Court judge said that the episode of the UTV magazine ‘Insight’, which was shown to the court as part of extradition proceedings against Adams, was representative of the “enormous amount” of “completely objectionable” material on the matter in both the print and broadcast media.

However, Judge Edwards added that it was “not impossible” that a court in the North could structure something in the course of a trial to address the “very serious problem” that the material created.

Ms Aileen Donnelly SC, for the State, argued that the trial court in the North would consider all matters of pre-trial publicity. Mr Justice Edwards said the extradition court would return judgement on the matter on September 28 next.