Rt Hon Theresa Villiers has this afternoon responded to comments made by Gerry Adams following the publication of the Smithwick Report
Ms Villiers said:
Mr Adams’ comments are deeply insulting and offensive. This was a case of brutal pre-meditated murder by the Provisional IRA and nothing Mr Adams says will ever change that fact. At a time when Dr Haass is looking at ways of dealing with legacy issues it is difficult to see how Mr Adams’s comments square with his oft-repeated calls for reconciliation and truth.