Sinn Fein Councillor Tomas Sharkey, speaking on behalf of the Louth Sinn Fein Councillors Group has expressed support for Louth TD and Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams and has said the timing of the PSNI’s decision to question him in relation to the Jean McConville case is politically motivated.
Tomas Sharkey said: “Five weeks ago Gerry Adams said that he was available to meet the PSNI about the Jean McConville case. This followed malicious allegations attempting to link Gerry Adams to the case.
“The PSNI have had ample opportunity before now to speak to Gerry Adams about this. But they have chosen to do so in the midst of election campaigns north and south.
“The timing of this decision is clearly politically motivated.
“Gerry Adams has consistently and forthrightly rejected any suggestion that he had any part in what happened to Jean McConville 42 years ago or that he has any information about these dreadful events.
“Sinn Féin has said that that legacy issues and dealing with the past, including past conflict events, are best addressed through an independent, international, truth recovery process
“In the absence of that, we have agreed to and are seeking the implementation of the Haas compromise proposals. These include the right of families to choose whether to pursue legal action or to seek maximum truth recovery.”