The story now dubbed L'Adamsgate, is in this writer's view, the biggest political scandal in Irish history.The story cuts to the bone of the machinery of Church and State in both parts of Ireland and the lack of real democracy in British occupied Ireland today. A genuine democracy of the people, is the only protection society's most vulnerable have against despots in the home and in government. The evolving L'Adamsgate story is strikingly similar to the emrging contradicting versions of Watergate but is deeply disturbing for most Irish people with deeply held political and religious beliefs in the wake of the resignations of five bishops, in a relatively small island. It strikes at the very core of the Irish character.
Today the L'Adamsgate scandal took a new turn with further revelations and statement by the parties involved.
Gerry Adams did not tell the Sinn Fein leadership or Louth branch about the abuse allegations when he moved to expel his brother from the party in 1997
For a number of years after 2000, Liam Adams was involved in "localised party work" in Belfast.
He held several positions in a Sinn Fein branch in Andersonstown
He became a branch chairperson in Lower Andersonstown in the heart of his brother's West Belfast constituency.
The brother whom Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams believed abused his own 13 year old daughter, worked for the party in Belfast after being forced out of Sinn Fein in the Republic over the allegations, Sinn Féin admitted today. Gerry Adams had previously claimed his brother had been dumped from Sinn Féin when archive photographs clearly show him still active in the party.
A report has been given to the party's ruling Ard Chomhairle this morning. The party chairman says: "The local organisation was unaware of the allegation against Liam Adams and the circumstances of his departure from Sinn Féin in Louth. Clearly his admission to the party in Belfast should have been avoided. Gerry Adams has informed the party that he was not aware of Liam Adams's involvement in party work at this time.
Sinn Féin TD for Louth Arthur Morgan has also said that although Liam Adams was a party member he was never an officer. After the Sunday Tribune published photographs which contradicted him. They show Mr Adams with his brother and Sinn Féin's Co Louth candidate in the General Election, published in a local newspaper in June1997.This week Mr Morgan TD now changes his story and says Mr Adams true role had "slipped his mind". Gerry Adam's now says he learned yesterday that his brother had worked in west Belfast, adding he should not have done so.
Despite earlier saying he gave orders to have his brother dumped from the party he now says, "Had I known that he was in Sinn Féin in Belfast I would have acted to have him leave the party, Sinn Féin did not know of the allegations against Liam Adams and did nothing wrong. There was no cover-up by Sinn Féin." Sinn Fein said previously that when their president "moved to ensure that Liam Adams did not go forward as a candidate" in 1997, he did so "without involving the party locally or nationally".
After Gerry Adams claimed he informed the party on his brother and ordered his expulsion, Liam Adams served initially as chair of the party's Louth district in 1996. He then moved back to Belfast and became chairperson of a Sinn Fein branch in the heart of his brother's west Belfast constituency, as well as chairperson, apparently without his brothers knowledge, the party now confirms that Liam Adams held "a number of positions" in the lower Andersonstown branch.
"The local organisation was unaware of the allegation against Liam Adams and the circumstances of his departure from Sinn Féin in Louth. Clearly his admission to the party in Belfast should have been avoided," a PSF statement says.
Strangely, Suzanne Breen, the northern editor of the Sunday Tribune newspaper, seems to know more about Sinn Fein's own procedures and regulations, than their own senior party members.
Ms. Breen says Mr Adams had broken his own party's rules.
"He could have said there were allegations against his brother, Liam," she said.
"Gerry Adams, by not doing so, has actually broken Sinn Fein's constitution which states when a member becomes aware of sexual allegations against another member they are bound to inform Sinn Fein's Ard Comhairle (party executive), Gerry Adams failed to do that."
Gerry Adams says he only found out on Thursday that his brother had re-involved himself with the party. Meanwhile young children in both parts of a divided Island remain totally vulnerable, to rape and abuse from a Church and States with proven track records of denial, abuse, child rape, secrets, lies, cover-ups, savagery and heartlessness.