Full text of Adams speech following his release

Sinn Féin President criticises the ‘the Dark Side of the British system’

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said the old guard which is against change cannot be allowed to deny any of the people from our entitlement to a rights-based, citizen-centred society as set out in the Good Friday Agreement.

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams said the old guard which is against change cannot be allowed to deny any of the people from our entitlement to a rights-based, citizen-centred society as set out in the Good Friday Agreement.

Mon, May 5, 2014, 10:58

“Chuaigh mé fhéin chuig an bheairic in Aontroim.

Mar sin níl mé ag gearán faoi sin. Ach bhí rogha ag na péas.

Ní raibh mé ag lorg príbhléid speisialta ar bith.

Ach tá sé go han-tábhachtach go bhfuil daoine sásta go bhfuil na póiliní ag obair go cothrom.

Tá a fhios agam go bhfuil Jean McConville agus a clann ag croílár tragóide.

Tá mise agus Sinn Féin ag déanamh ár ndíchill chun éagóir a chur i gceart.

Tá muid ag tógáil na síochána, ag iarraidh í a chur chun tosaigh.

Míle buíochas do na daoine a chuir beannachtaí do Colette agus dár gclann, do chomrádaithe i Sinn Féin agus do chairde elie.

Is léir go bhfuil naimhde phróiseas na síochána ag obair go fóill.

Ach ní bheidh an bua acu.

Tá muintir na tíre ar bhóthar na síochána agus i dtreo sochaí níos feare. Tá sé de cheart acu.

I came voluntarily from the Dáil in Dublin to Antrim PSNI barracks last Wednesday having contacted the PSNI two months ago through my solicitor Seamus Collins, to tell them that I was available to meet them following yet another spate of media speculation, part of a sustained malicious, untruthful and sinister campaign alleging involvement by me in the killing of Mrs Jean McConville.

When the PSNI contacted my solicitor on Monday afternoon I was concerned about the timing, given that Sinn Féin is involved in very important EU and local government elections across the island of Ireland.

But I quickly made arrangements to come here and I left Leinster House - the Oireachtas - and Leaders Questions with the Taoiseach to do so.

I want to thank my solicitor Mr. Seamus Collins for his diligence and professional approach and his colleague Eugene McKenna.

I also want to thank everyone who has sent goodwill messages to Colette and our family and to my comrades in Sinn Féin for their solidarity.

Tá mé fíor bhuíoch daoibhse uilig.

I am conscious that there is another family at the heart of this. That is the family of Mrs Jean McConville.

Let me be very clear. I am innocent of any involvement in any conspiracy to abduct, kill and bury Mrs McConville.

I have worked hard with others to have this injustice redressed and for the return of the bodies of others killed and secretly buried by the IRA and I will continue to do so.

The Commission set up by the two governments at the request of myself, and the late Fr Alex Reid, has said that it is receiving 100 per cent support from republicans.