Man arrested over explosive attack on home of Gerry Adams bailed

A 35-year-old man arrested on suspicion of criminal damage after explosive devices were thrown at the home of former Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams has been released on police bail.

Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 10:46 am
Updated Wednesday, 18th July 2018, 7:13 pm
Ex-Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams

The PSNI said the man was detained on Tuesday night.

Officers also carried out searches of properties in west Belfast on Tuesday night.

The homes of Adams and senior Sinn Fein figure Bobby Storey were attacked on Friday night, with the republican party condemning the “reprehensible and cowardly” attacks.

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Ex-Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams

No-one was injured, but a car in the driveway of Mr Adams’ home was damaged.

The PSNI previously said officers had seized “remnants of large industrial, firework-type devices, capable of causing serious damage or injury” at two houses in west Belfast.

Mr Adams said he was “very, very thankful” that no-one was hurt.

Party president Mary Lou McDonald said on Monday that Sinn Fein members were reviewing their security in the wake of the attacks.

While Sinn Fein has blamed dissident republicans for the attacks, police have yet to publicly attribute responsibility.

Hundreds of people attended a rally in west Belfast on Monday evening to demonstrate support for Mr Adams and Mr Storey.

At the event, Mrs McDonald branded the dissidents as “enemies of the people”.