In addition to the report Mick noted in the Irish News, that Liam Adams had worked as a part-time assistant youth worker at the Clonard Youth Centre between 1998 and 2003, the paper carries a quote from a “Sinn Féin spokesman” about the reports of Liam Adams seeking the Sinn Féin Dáil nomination for Co Louth in 1997.
“Liam Adams did not put his name foward for selection in 1997. Sinn Féin are saying that this story is completely inaccurate. “His name was never involved in that.” He said that Liam Adams had been living abroad but returned to Ireland in the early 1990s when he began associating with republicans in the Dundalk area. “Liam Adams was a member of Sinn Féin for a short time during the 1990s,” he said. “He had lived abroad and when he returned around 1993/94 he started mixing in republican circles in Dundalk. “When Gerry found out he had become a member, he expelled him and that was around 1999.”
Mr Adams denied that Liam was nominated as a potential Sinn Féin candidate in the Dundalk area after the Sinn Féin leader broke ties with his brother. He said that as soon as he heard of the possibility his brother might be nominated, he moved to ensure that such a thing could not happen. “I moved immediately both to stop that and to get him dumped out of Sinn Féin without telling people why. But I moved very, very quickly. He wasn’t a contender, there was no nomination for Liam Adams in the Dundalk area. There was no convention in which his name was put forward, there was no contest in which he was part of.”
The Irish News front page story also carries a statement from Clonard Youth Centre
A statement from Clonard Youth Centre said Liam Adams was given the part time position of assistant youth worker in 1998.
“He was interviewed, referenced and police-checked according to best practice in child protection and no concerns were raised in this process,” it said.
It said he ceased employment in 2003 and that there were no concerns arising from his time working there.
Meanwhile in the Irish Times report
Former Ardoyne parish priest Fr Aidan Troy last night confirmed he had been approached by Liam Adams to contact Ms Tyrell and that he had gone to see her about the alleged abuse in an effort to find closure for her.
Fr Troy denied he had advised her not to go public because the press will make a circus out of it and that theyd only be interested in bringing Gerry Adams down.
Speaking from Paris where he now serves, he emphatically denied to The Irish Times that he sought in any way to seek to influence or dissuade anybody from pursuing a police prosecution.
Any suggestion that I did is totally untrue. He accepted this contradicted what had been said to UTV last week by Ms Tyrell concerning his involvement, adding: Thats the recollection of one person.
He said Liam Adams had availed of his open-door policy while he was a priest at Ardoyne in Belfast.
Fr Troy said he found Ms Tyrell just over a year ago to offer her contact details for her father. We met and, contrary to what the [UTV] programme said, she was gracious in the way she received me. I talked to her for approximately five minutes and when she said she didnt want to talk to her father . . . I left.
And did he know that he had been approached after Aine Tyrell had reactivated the police investigation? And that she had only done that after 5 years, between 2002 and 2007, of Gerry Adams failing to arrange a meeting with her father, Liam.
Mr Adams attempted to make his brother answer for his alleged crimes, by trying to set up a meeting between Aine and her father so she could put the accusations to him directly.
“I tried to create a circumstance where Liam would come forward and do precisely what his daughter wanted.
“On the two occasions we had an arrangement where he was prepared to come along and do what Aine had requested and on two occasions at the very last minute that broke down.
“I was disappointed but Aine was even more disappointed understandably.”
Aine said she attended the “rushed” meetings with her uncle on her own, but said the tone changed as Mr Adams started to defend his brother.
“I got my eyes opened when I was going to the meetings.
“It was turning into Liam was the victim.”
Mr Adams has refuted the allegation, saying “any suggestion that in some way the perpetrator was on a level par with the victim is mistaken, as that was never and is not my position.”
Aine has since stopped contact with the West Belfast MP, after writing him a final letter.
She believes she was let down by her uncle.
“I ended up saying look do you know what it is, you have failed me again, when twenty years later Ive asked you to do one thing.”, she said.
Adds From the BBC report
However, Clonard Youth Centre has issued a statement, making clear it was unaware of any allegations against Liam Adams when he worked there.
Spokesperson Brendan Dineen said the centre had reviewed all its documentation “and there is no record whatsoever regarding concerns about Mr Liam Adams during his time of employment at Clonard Youth Centre”.
“If we had been aware of allegations that have recently come to light, he would not have been employed at the centre,” he continued.
“There have been very stringent policies and procedures in place since the establishment of the club with no incidents of wrongdoing reported.”