Gerry Adams responds to PPS decision
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD commenting on today’s long overdue announcement by the Public Prosecution Service in the North said;
"This decision is long overdue.
“There was never any real basis for questioning me in respect of this case. I played no act or part in Jean McConville’s death.
"I support the PSNI. But the timing of my arrest showed there remain elements within the PSNI who are against Sinn Féin. But they will not succeed.
"I voluntarily went to the PSNI last year after a concerted series of leaks claiming that I was about to be arrested. For some time I have been the target of a sustained and malicious campaign seeking to involve me with the killing of Mrs McConville.
"These claims have also been seized upon and repeated by my political opponents including the Taoiseach and the Fianna Fail Leader to score political points against Sinn Féin and me.
"I want to encourage anyone with information to assist in the return of the bodies of those people killed and secretly buried by the IRA. I have worked with others towards this and I will continue to do so. I want to thank those who have come forward with such information.
"I am also very conscious of the huge hurt inflicted on the McConville family. The abduction, killing and secret burial of Jean McConville was wrong.
"Sinn Féin has agreed with others, through the Stormont House Agreement, processes for addressing the legacy of the past. We are committed to implementing them.
"All political leaders have a duty to deal with the issue of victims in a compassionate, effective and transparent fashion.
"Our focus must also be on building a better future and ensuring that there is no return to the past. That is the responsibility of all citizens as well as the political parties.
"The two governments have a particular obligation to fulfil their responsibilities to build the peace and to implement all decisions which fall within their remits. Unfortunately they have not done so. There is an urgent imperative for them to correct this.
"Sinn Fein, for our part will continue to honour all our commitments arising from the Stormont a House Agreement."