Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins TD has responded to the comments from senior Sinn Féin figures in reaction to the arrest of Gerry Adams.

Deputy Collins said, “The comments from Mary Lou McDonald and other senior Sinn Féin figures in recent days need to be challenged.  The repeated charge of political policing, and the constant reference to a ‘dark side’ within the PSNI, represents very damaging rhetoric and serves only to put political pressure on policing and encourage those who seek to undermine progress in the North.

“I would have expected that Sinn Féin would understand the damage caused by these comments.  All parties need to show restraint and let the authorities do their job.  Sinn Féin must respect the role of the PSNI and the Prosecution Service and allow them to continue their work without political interference.”