After Liam Adams’ sentencing the Attorney General is still to decide on Gerry…

With the Attorney General still to decide on a previous decision by the DPP not to prosecute Gerry Adams for withholding information in light of his testimony earlier this year, Katie Varvos asks: Does [Gerry Adams] deserve a sentence, or was he really doing his best in a dark situation?

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  • Not just the Attorney General:

    Police Ombudsman Dr Michael Maguire and Attorney General John Larkin are as a result of the two trials reviewing issues around whether Gerry Adams withheld information about his brother’s sexual assault of Áine Adams.

    It is the result of those examinations that could determine whether Gerry Adams will suffer more political damage due to these trials.

    Larkin is expected to conclude his investigation next week, while Maguire’s work could take until early next year. .. source

  • Alias

    I think we can guess how this will play out. The AJ will not find not breach of law given that Gerry Adams was advised not to admit in court that he heard a confession to a crime of rape (which would have obliged him to report it) but merely heard a confession to a crime that didn’t carry such an obligation. Tis will also Mr Adams and his toadies to claim that he has been vindicated and but that he gracefully “holds no malice toward his detractors” and to make a final appeal to “let the matter rest” so that his “family can heal in private”.

    As for Mr Adams doing his best in a difficult situation: how is doing absolutely nothing doing his best? He had no contact whatsoever with his niece for years after she told him of the abuse. He didn’t even send her a birthday card, never mind arrange therapy for her. He never once called round or even phoned her to ask her how she was coping. He did absolutely nothing to help her.

  • Alias

    Typo: “This will allow Mr Adams…”

  • Barney

    Clearly every non unionist must be jailed because Gerry Adams’s brother raped his daughter.

  • Submariner

    @Bevin What exactly does the Police ombudsman have to do with this. Adams is not a member of the PSNI and the ombudsman only investigates complaints against the Police.

  • Submariner

    Sorry should be @Nevin

  • Gopher

    Because of the dangerous precedent the case sets with regards child protection it has to be demonstrated that the police acted on purely legal grounds. Adams incredulous testimony has given reasonable grounds for an explanation from the PSNI

  • cynic2

    No matter how much Gerry and SF supporters squirm the bottom line is that Gerry covered up the rape of his niece and put other children at risk by allowing his brother to work in roles that put him in regular contact with children. He has also repeatedly lied about this, trying to cover up until his story was untenable.

    That’s the evidence. Plain and simple. The rest is excuses and lies and prevarication and none of this came from within Unionism or Securocrats – its all a homespun republican movement issue.

    If he doesn’t go then every voter who ticks SF is voting for a party where that cover up is OK. A party where Uncle Gerry’s image was far more vital that a raped 8 year old.

    Personally I think he wont go – he’s too valuable to the process (ie the Governments) – and the other parties will see his lingering political death as advantageous,

    I also don’t think that SFs core vote will be in the least affected. After all, whats one child rape against 2500 murders including the murder of a number of children.If you will vote SF with that hanging in the background you will vote for anything. Lots of people still go to mass, for example, despite what happened with many priests

    What is it about our Irish psyche that allows us to rationalise this?

  • toaster

    Very nice and neat cynic. But the police new of this supposed incident and they seemed happy enough to let him do this, unless they got secret info on his brother that is.

  • gendjinn

    cynic2,

    If he doesn’t go then every voter who ticks SF is voting for a party where that cover up is OK.

    No they aren’t. You can make that claim for people in Louth who vote for Adams in the next general election. You cannot make that assertion for voters in other constituencies who are voting for their local candidate or the political polices of SF.

    What is it about our Irish psyche that allows us to rationalise this?

    I think you need to wait for your prediction to manifest before you leap to the judging.

  • cynic2

    “you cant make that assertion”

    Yes I can. They have seen what it says on the tin and they have had a clear view on what is inside. , They have seen the disgraceful way the child was treated – the abuse heaped upon the abuse. The mother reported to social services immediately after the Buncrana meeting. The lies about his contacts with Liam. The ‘present’ of a book about his own life (!!!) in which he praises the rapist

    Voters have seen the lies and prevarications and if you don’t believe that read the Gerry’s testimony in the first trial,

    So when they next vote they have a choice. I have no doubt most will still vote for Gerry – but my point remains – what does that say about us?

  • cynic2

    “the police new of this supposed incident and they seemed happy enough to let him do this, unless they got secret info on his brother that is.”

    So what? She withdrew her complaint and Liam was settled in Donegal where extradition was next to impossible.

    What did you expect them to do?

    And what would the impact have been on Aine and he mothers safety if they had tried to pursue prosecution?