Prosecutors have directed no prosecution of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams over claims he withheld information about his brother’s sex abuse from the police, it was revealed.
The veteran republican has been accused of waiting almost a decade to tell detectives what he knew about his brother Liam.
Liam Adams was convicted recently of abusing his daughter Aine from when was she aged four until she was nine.
The PSNI confirmed a decision was taken in 2010 by the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) not to launch a case.
Assistant Chief Constable Drew Harris said: “This matter has been examined to see if we should open an investigation into the case and the advice that we received was not to open an investigation.
“We will re-examine the transcripts (of the recent court case) but all the facts in our knowledge in 2010 have not been moved on materially since the recent trial.”
Adams, 58, from Bernagh Drive, Belfast, was found guilty of 10 offences, including rape and gross indecency, against his daughter, Aine Adams.
The abuse was committed over a six-year period between 1977 and 1983, when she was aged between four and nine.
Aine Adams with her mother, Sarah (also known as Sally), first went to the Royal Ulster Constabulary with the sexual abuse allegations early in 1987 but three weeks later she withdrew the claims because she believed some police officers were more interested in Gerry Adams than in her claims.
Aine Adams told the court in Belfast during Liam Adams’ trial that in 1987 she travelled to Buncrana, Donegal, in the Irish Republic with her mother, Gerry Adams and a driver.
Her father, who had remarried, was living in Co Donegal at the time. When Gerry Adams confronted him about the claims, her father denied them, she said.
At a previous trial, which was stopped for legal reasons in April this year, Gerry Adams said his brother admitted that he had sexually abused Aine Adams. This was during a “walk in the rain” in Dundalk, he said.
Gerry Adams said that, during the encounter in Dundalk, his brother, while admitting molestation or sexual interference or assault, did not admit rape.
Democratic Unionist Northern Ireland Assembly member Jonathan Craig accused the Sinn Fein leader of delaying contacting police.
“It was only nine years later that he came forward with the evidence of that and that was with the background of a planned documentary occurring around what his brother had done,” he said.