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Sinn Fein support for police under question as president to be held over the weekend
2 May 2014
A new mural of Gerry Adams is being painted on Belfast’s Falls Road with the slogan ‘Peacemaker, leader, visionary’
PSNI have been granted an extra 48 hours to question Gerry Adams over the murder and abduction of Jean McConville.
Sinn Fein MLA Gerry Kelly has reacted angrily to the news.
He said: “The arrest and continued detention of Gerry Adams is deliberately timed to coincide with the elections in three weeks time.
“This is political policing at its most blatant.
“Sinn Fein will not be intimidated by the action of a small cabal in the PSNI who are opposed to the peace process and political change.”
Sinn Fein support for the police appears under threat as detectives continued to quiz Adams about the murder of the mother-of-10.
Martin McGuinness warned that the party will “reflect” on its support for the PSNI if Gerry Adams is charged with any offences arising out of his arrest on Wednesday by officers investigating the 1972 murder.
The Stormont Deputy First Minister and Sinn Fein veteran said he and colleagues would not be making a “knee-jerk” decision. And he raised the spectre of what would be a huge blow to the peace process in the region as he said it was his understanding police were applying to a judge to extend the period of time they can question Mr Adams at Antrim police station.
Asked if Sinn Fein would withdraw support for policing if Mr Adams is ultimately charged, Mr McGuinness said: “We are very thoughtful and we are very reflective but I think if such a scenario does develop then we will sit down and we will reflect on what will be an even more serious situation than the one we face today.”
With the initial 48-hour deadline looming for officers to either charge or release Mr Adams after his arrest on Wednesday night, the PSNI applied for an extension, the Deputy First Minister confirmed.
Adams, 65, vehemently denies allegations levelled by former republican colleagues that he ordered Mrs McConville’s murder and secret burial in 1972.
Sunday, 09 December 2012
The mural to Pat Finucane was unveiled in west Belfast on Sunday.
The family of Pat Finucane has gathered at a new mural in memory of the murdered solicitor, days before a report into his death is published.
Mr Finucane was shot dead by loyalist gunmen who forced their way into his north Belfast home in February 1989.
A report into the death of the Catholic father of three, conducted by Sir Desmond de Silva, will be published on Wednesday. On the same day Prime Minister David Cameron will make a statement to the House of Commons.
On Sunday, a mural was unveiled on Beechmount Avenue in west Belfast, close to where the 38-year-old grew up.
His widow Geraldine told UTV the Finucane family is still calling for a full independent public inquiry into the murder.
“We’ve not participated in this review. We don’t know anything that went on. We don’t know who he has spoken to. We don’t know what he’s seen – and we won’t know,” she said.
“I do know that there will be no recommendations made in this report.”
Mrs Finucane said Sir de Silva told her that his report would contain “hard-hitting conclusions”.
“But we do know that he was shown sensitive material and he agreed not to put it in the report. That doesn’t inspire us with confidence,” she added.
She welcomed the new mural which she said was painted in “part of Pat’s community”.
“It’s very important that he’s recognised in his own community by the people. I’m delighted with the mural. It’s lovely,” she commented.
“We do feel that this report will only further our calls for the public inquiry rather than diminish them.”
Mr Finucane’s youngest son, John, said the unveiling of the mural had come at a very appropriate time for his family. He added they will read the de Silva report “with an open mind”.
The Finucanes will travel to London this week to view the results of Sir de Silva’s inquiry, which cost £1.5m.
It was ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron, who has admitted collusion took place and apologised to Mr Finucane’s family.
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was also at the event to show the Finucane family his support.
Mr Adams said the community in west Belfast knows what happened to Mr Finucane.
“This community knows that collusion was an administrative practice,” he commented.
“The family’s demand is very, very reasonable and I would call again on David Cameron and on the Irish government to use its influence on David Cameron to make sure that – regardless of the outcome of this DeSilva review -the family have the fully independent inquiry that they are looking for,” said Mr Adams.