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Ian Paisley Jr asks if Gerry Adams broke Assembly rules

Liam Adams
Liam Adams is wanted by the PSNI over sex abuse claims

Ian Paisley Jr has asked an Assembly committee to investigate if Gerry Adams breached its rules by failing to act about his brother's alleged sex abuse.

The DUP assembly member said he had submitted "very detailed questions" to Assembly Ombudsman Tom Frawley.

Mr Frawley will assess if the complaint merits being passed to the Assembly's Committee on Standards and Privileges.

Mr Adams' brother Liam is wanted by the PSNI over claims that he sexually abused his daughter in the early 1980s.

The Sinn Fein president 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.

Mr Paisley said he had written to the committee with a list of complaints about whether Gerry Adams' "conduct and association was appropriate as a member of the Assembly".

Although he was chair for a very short time, it was so unmemorable that I completely forgot about it
Arthur Morgan
Sinn Fein TD

"I want to know if Mr Adams breached the code of conduct," he said.

Gerry Adams has faced questions about the timescale of when he informed the authorities about the allegations about his brother Liam and when he was expelled from Sinn Fein.

Mr Adams has said he moved quickly in 1997 to expel his "estranged" brother, who should "never have been allowed" to have worked as a party official in County Louth.

Louth Sinn Fein TD Arthur Morgan has previously said that although Liam Adams was a party member, he was never an officer.

However, Liam Adams did serve as chair of the party's Louth district executive for two months in the late 1990s before stepping down for personal reasons.

Mr Morgan told Thursday's Irish News that this had "slipped his mind".

"Although he was chair for a very short time, it was so unmemorable that I completely forgot about it," he told the paper.

Mr Morgan also said he had no knowledge of the allegations against Liam Adams.

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