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Gerry Adams sex abuse claims 'untenable'

By Staff Reporter

Gerry Adams' claim that he does not know the whereabouts of republican sex offenders exiled from Northern Ireland is "untenable", according to a spokesman for Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

The Sinn Fein leader claimed this week that a list of alleged sex offenders was posted through his letter box in west Belfast and that these names have been passed on to the gardai.

But last night, a spokesman for the Taoiseach turned up the heat on the Louth TD insisting it was "untenable for a person in the senior republican movement to say he doesn't know" the whereabouts of individuals moved by the IRA.

Earlier, Mr Kenny said he would ask Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to meet her Stormont counterpart, David Ford, to discuss a cross-border inquiry into IRA sex abuse. The Taoiseach said that based on the "best information we have", alleged rapists have been moved to the Republic.

It is understood that Mr Adams yesterday met Sinn Fein's child protection officer Joe Reilly - who handed the list of names to gardai - in Leinster House.

Senior Irish government sources last night queried whether Mr Adams would volunteer CCTV footage to gardai recorded on the cameras installed at his home off the Glen Road.

Queries to Sinn Fein about the matter went unanswered.

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