Speaking at the Sinn Fein Budget launch this week, Gerry Adams admitted that he knew that his brother Liam was working with young people in Dundalk even after Liam had confessed to the Sinn Fein President that had abused his own daughter.
Liam Adams was convicted in recent weeks of sexually abusing his daughter, Áine.
Asked by the Dundalk Democrat was he aware that his brother was working with young people in Dundalk after the confession in 2000, Deputy Adams said: “I was, yes.”
“I at all times persuaded Liam not to be working with young people. You have to bear in mind that most of the times that I was talking to Liam about these issues, he was denying what happened....”
Mr Adams pointed out that his brother had also denied the allegations when confronted about them in Donegal.
“Even if I had wanted to go over his head, I had no evidence. And you could be rest assured that he would have denied what was being said.
“I’ve tried to deal with these issues as best I can. All I would say is you have to go in my shoes, with the times that were in it, and figure out if you can, would you have handled it any differently.”
Liam Adams worked with The House youth project in Muirhevnamor, as a youth worker and would have dealt mainly with older teens from the area.
During this time he was living on Muirhevnamor Estate and would have been well known in the area.
Adams claims that politicians and sections of the media have used his brother’s case to score poltical points against him.
Adams however says that, on a positive note, that people feel that they can come to him regarding cases of sexual abuse.
“Quite a few people have come to me with sex abuse cases.
“They think I have inside understanding of how it needs to be dealt with. I think it’s only these people can really make a judgement on the trauma and distress, the denial and the rejection that goes with all of this.”
Deputy Adams was in Dundalk launching Sinn Fein’s alternative budget last week when asked about the issue.