In a return to west Belfast days after his brother’s conviction for child abuse, Gerry Adams yesterday made no mention of the case.
A copy of Mr Adams’ speech at a republican commemoration in the St James’ area was released yesterday by the Sinn Fein press office.
Mr Adams used the speech to accuse unionist leaders of failing to give “positive leadership” to their electorate.
Speaking about the loyalist street disorder of recent months, Mr Adams accused unionist politicians of failing to speak up in defence of the rule of law. He added: “These are the ‘law and order’ politicians! Such hypocrisy – such double standards!”
He said the UUP was “intransigent”and the DUP was “looking over its shoulder at Jim Allister”.