n the aftermath of the UTV Insight programme Sinn Fein acknowledged Liam Adams membership of the party.
Since then Sinn Fein has sought to establish the role Liam Adams played in the party. This process has taken a number of weeks to complete. It has involved discussions with Gerry Adams, party leaders nationally and party members and a review of available party documentation.
The fact is that information from this period in the 1990s is not complete.
We have established that Louth Sinn Fein and the national party leadership, apart from Gerry Adams, was unaware of the allegation against Liam Adams.
During this period the allegation against Liam Adams was known only to some members of his family and social services in the Six Counties and the RUC, both of whom had been informed in 1987.
We have also established that Liam Adams was Chair of the Louth Comhairle Ceantair for two and a half months in 1996. He held the position of secretary for one month before this time. He was also nominated as Education Officer but he did not take up this position.
Gerry Adams has stated he became aware in 1997 that Liam Adams was a member of Sinn Fein when he heard that his name might be going forward as a potential election candidate.
The party President moved to ensure that Liam Adams did not go forward as a candidate and that he later left the party. Gerry Adams did this without involving the party locally or nationally.