A Sinn Fein councillor has called on Gerry Adams to make a statement about why he did not raise the alarm about his brother’s sex abuse for nine years.
North Tipperary county councillor Seamus Morris is the first Sinn Fein member to speak out on the issue, calling on Mr Adams to address the questions asked of him.
During an interview on local radio station Tipp FM, Mr Morris was pressed on whether Gerry Adams should make a statement about his actions in the case. “Of course he should, absolutely,” he said.
Mr Morris did, however, defend his party leader’s actions at the time when he was first told that his brother Liam was an abuser, saying that he was probably “public enemy number one” with the police.
“Republicans didn’t go to the police in the six counties. Most things were dealt with internally. They just didn’t trust the police up there.”
Last week Liam Adams was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter, Aine Dahlstrom, over a six-year period between 1977 and 1983, abusing her from the age of four.
Aine’s uncle, former IRA prisoner Bob Corrigan, said that Mr Adams should resign.
He told the Sunday Life: “I don’t say this lightly...Gerry Adams has damaged the movement’s reputation.”