Adams: Taoiseach fails to back up bank raid claim

25/01/2005 - 15:38:23

The Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams has said the Taoiseach has not been able to stand up the claim that the IRA raided the Northern Bank in Belfast.

He was speaking after almost two hours of talks with Mr Ahern in Government buildings.

Gerry Adams told reporters that the issue was put to the Taoiseach but he could not confirm PSNI claims that the IRA was responsible for the £26m (€37.4m) heist.

Mr Adams said: “We put it to the Taoiseach that profound difficulties have been confounded by the accusations that he made and we asked him to stand up to that accusation and he could not stand up to that accusation.”

He added: “There can be no intelligence or no evidence because we simply didn’t have any knowledge.”

Sinn Féin reaffirmed their commitment to power-sharing talks and said the peace process was more important than the bank heist.

But Mr Adams said the Government did not want to impose political sanctions against Sinn Féin.

He said: “Mr Ahern said he was opposed to sanctions or excluding any section of the community in Northern Ireland.”

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