THE director of the Public Prosecution Service accompanied Gerry Adams to an interview with the PSNI over his sex abuser brother Liam, it has been confirmed.
The Sinn Fein president has acknowledged that Barra McGrory QC was his solicitor in 2009 when he was interviewed by detectives investigating Aine Adams allegations againt her dad Liam Adams.
Two years later, in November 2011, Mr McGrory was appointed the director of the Public Prosecution Service in Northern Ireland.
Liam Adams was convicted last week of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter, Aine Dahlstrom, (nee Adams) over a six-year period between 1977 and 1983.
As Director of Public Prosecutions in the North, Mr McGrory has now asked for an independent review of his office’s October 2011 decision not to prosecute Mr Adams for allegedly withholding information.
It followed the forwarding of a file on the case by the PSNI to the PPS.
The review is to be carried out by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland, John Larkin QC.
Mr McGrory was not in charge at the time and previously worked as a solicitor representing various clients – including Mr Adams.
At the launch of Sinn Fein’s pre-Budget submission in Dublin on Tuesday, Mr Adams confirmed that Mr McGrory had acted as his solicitor previously.
He said the review was a matter for the judicial authorities.
“I know that I have committed no offence,” said the Louth TD.
“I did what I considered the right thing, and that I co-operated fully with the PSNI, with the Public Prosecution Service, with the court.
“I gave evidence in the court. So I don’t have any concerns about that,” he added.
Mr Adams had been told about the abuse by Liam Adams back in 2000, but only made a complaint to the PSNI in 2009.
He could face a charge of withholding information about crimes committed against his daughter.
A spokesman said that because Mr McGrory now is Director of Public Prosecutions “it wouldn’t be appropriate for him to comment on any communication he had with a former client”.
Mr Adams was quizzed about his actions at the launch of Sinn Fein’s pre-Budget submission.
His brother is expected be sentenced within the next four week for the rape and sexual abuse of his daughter.
The 58-year-old is currenthly in custody in Maghaberry prison and is facing up to ten years in jail for the sex assaults on his daughter.