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Roundup: World media outlets report on the questioning of Gerry Adams

Here’s some of the headlines from around the globe on the questioning of the Sinn Féin leader.

CNN report on the story.
CNN report on the story.
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THE SINN FÉIN leader Gerry Adams spent last night in Antrim police station being questioned about the abduction and murder of Jean McConville.

Jean McConville was abducted and murdered by the IRA in 1972.

The PSNI say that Gerry Adams “presented himself” to Antrim police yesterday evening.

Media outlets around the world are reporting on the story, here’s some of the international reaction:


The BBC reported that Jean McConville’s son Michael welcomed Adams’ arrest stating:

“Me and the rest of my brothers and sisters are just glad to see the PSNI doing their job. We didn’t think it would ever take place [Mr Adams' arrest], but we are quite glad that it is taking place.”

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The New York Times

The New York paper explained that it was the “oral history archive across the Atlantic at Boston College — that prompted investigators to re-examine the abduction and murder of the widow, Jean McConville”.

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The Los Angeles Times

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The Wall Street Journal

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Deutsche Welle

The German outlet reports that the McConville murder “is one of the most notorious from the decades known as ‘The Troubles’.

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The Times of India 

“It is unclear what affect the arrest might have on Northern Ireland’s power-sharing government,” they report.

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The Washington Post

The Washington Post blog has posted a “five key questions – and answers – about Gerry Adams’ arrest” asking:

  • How important is Gerry Adams for Irish politics?
  • What are the consequences for peace in Northern Ireland?
  • How will the Irish government react?
  • How will this affect Sinn Fein’s electoral prospects?
  • What are the long term consequences for Irish politics?

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The Financial Times

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The news outlet reports that the questioning of Adams was not unexpected as Adams said he told authorities last month that he was willing to meet with investigators.

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France 24

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Boston Herald

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