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Liam Adams hands himself in to police over abuse claims

Liam Adams
Liam Adams went into a police station on Monday afternoon

A brother of Gerry Adams, who is wanted in connection with allegations he abused his daughter, has turned himself in to Irish police.

Liam Adams went into a police station in Sligo on Monday afternoon.

It is understood detectives there could not detain him because they did not have the necessary European arrest warrant.

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

Liam Adams' daughter, Aine Tyrell, has waived her right to anonymity to allege that he sexually abused her when she was a young child.

The PSNI has confirmed that it has issued a warrant for his arrest but it only covers Northern Ireland.

It is understood officers are working to prepare the necessary European arrest warrant but that it may take some time.

Earlier this week, Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams appealed to his brother to come forward.


However, he has come under pressure after it emerged that he first knew about the allegation against his brother in the late 1980s.

Since then, Liam Adams has worked with young people in a number of different capacities.

Gerry Adams has said that he intervened to tell a youth group in west Belfast that his brother should not be working there. However the Clonard Youth Project has denied that it knew at any point about the allegation against Liam Adams.

Another community project for which Liam Adams worked between 2004 and 2006 has criticised the authorities for not alerting them about his past when his application for a post as a youth worker was vetted.

They say that the police and social services have "serious questions" to answer about his subsequent appointment to the post.

Liam Adams was also active in Sinn Fein in Dundalk in 1997.

The Sunday Tribune has claimed he intended to seek the nomination to be a Sinn Fein candidate in the area in the 1997 Irish general election but was defeated by a local hardliner.

However, Gerry Adams has said this was not the case. He told Irish radio on Monday that his brother was never put forward as a candidate, adding: "I moved very quickly to get him dumped out of Sinn Fein."

During the interview in which Gerry Adams appealed for his brother to hand himself in, he also revealed that his father, a veteran republican, had been responsible for acts of physical and sexual abuse against his own children.

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