Press release

Secretary of State responds to comments made by Gerry Adams on Breen & Buchanan murders

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

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.