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'Adams canvassed with brother'

Liam Adams
Liam Adams reported to a Sligo police station last week

A picture of Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams canvassing with his brother Liam for the party in Dundalk in 1997 has been published in a Sunday newspaper.

Mr Adams has said he moved to get his brother expelled from Sinn Fein in the late 1990s.

Liam Adams is wanted by the PSNI over claims he sexually abused his daughter.

A Sinn Fein spokesman said it saw no conflict with the Sunday Tribune's claims and Mr Adams' previous comments on meetings with his brother.

"Gerry Adams has made it clear that he did see his brother on occasions in the 1990s and made it clear when he discovered he was a member of the party in the Dundalk area he moved to have him expelled in the late 1990s," a Sinn Fein spokesman added.

The Sunday Tribune shows pictures of Mr Adams posing with his brother Liam and Sinn Fein's County Louth candidate in the Irish general election, Owenie Hanratty, which it said were published in the Dundalk Argus newspaper on 6 June 1997.

Gerry Adams has said he found out about the allegations levelled against his brother in 1987 and said he had brought Liam's daughter Aine Tyrell, then aged 14, to confront her father.

In an interview with RTE this month, Mr Adams said his brother later moved out of his life "when he moved abroad for a while and then came back, although I saw him occasionally during that period of 15 years".

"When I learned that he was a member of Sinn Fein it was I who moved to get him dumped out of Sinn Fein," he said.

Liam Adams, who is wanted by the PSNI after claims that he sexually abused his daughter from the age of four, gave himself up to Irish police on Monday.

He walked into a Garda station in Sligo but Irish police could not detain him as they did not have the right warrant.

Sinn Fein sources expressed "surprise" at the PSNI's lack of preparation.

Liam Adams left the station after giving police his name and address and saying that he was willing to be questioned.

His daughter, Aine Tyrell, has waived her right to anonymity to allege that her father had molested her, claiming that the abuse included rape.

Liam Adams was due to appear in court in November 2008 to face 23 charges relating to the alleged abuse, but failed to show up.

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