Attacks on home of Gerry Adams ‘disgraceful’ - Eastwood

Colum Eastwood and Gerry Adams
Colum Eastwood and Gerry Adams

SDLP Leader Colum Eastwood MLA has branded attacks on the homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey “disgraceful”.

Mr Eastwood and his party said they totally condemned the attacks targeted at the two senior Sinn Fein figures.

The Foyle MLA said: “The SDLP unequivocally condemns the disgraceful attacks on the homes of Gerry Adams and Bobby Storey.

“There is absolutely no place in our society for such mindless actions. Thankfully no one was injured.

“It is important, at moments like this, that we all stand together against those who want to drag us back to the past. They should be left in no doubt, it will not work.”

Earlier, former Sinn Féin leader Mr Adams issued a challenge to those who attacked his home to meet with him.

Mr Adams was speaking as he confirmed that two of his grandchildren had been in his garden just minutes before the attack took place.

Large crude devices were thrown at the West Belfast homes of Mr Adams and senior Sinn Féin party official Bobby Storey.

Speaking in Belfast today, Gerry Adams said: “I condemn without reservation the attack on my home and on the home of Bobby Storey. I am very thankful that no one was hurt.

“Two of our grandchildren were in the driveway of my home ten minutes before the attack.

“I want to appeal to everyone to be calm. We are involved in a process of change and some people are resistant to change.”

He added: “If our families can remain calm then we are asking for everyone else to stay calm.

“For those who were involved in the attack if they have the gumption to sneak up on our homes I think they or their representatives should come and meet me.

“I would like them to have the guts and the gumption to sit down and tell what this is about.

“I would also like those who are involved in exploiting children in Derry or those who are poisoning the atmosphere in east Belfast to do the same.

“We are very open Sinn Fein can be contacted through any of our offices.

“That’s my direct appeal to them.

“Come and sit down and explain to me what this about, give me the rationale for this action.”