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Monday 20 August 2018

Four out of five people believe Adams is a liar

GERRY Adams' election campaign was dealt a blow with a poll showing four in five people believe he's a liar.

The Sinn Fein president, who is bidding for a Dail seat, has insisted he was never a member of the IRA.

However, an opinion poll has revealed that 78pc do not believe his denials.

The survey also showed nearly three-quarters (71pc) of voters don't trust him to run the economy, while over two-thirds (67pc) do not have confidence in his party to do so.

Mr Adams, who is contesting the Louth constituency, has always denied claims he was a high-ranking member of the IRA. Only 10pc of respondents to the survey believe his denials, while 11pc said they do not know.

Farmers and middle-class voters are the most sceptical about Mr Adams' position, with 87pc and 84pc, respectively, saying they do not believe him.





Terror

Younger voters aged between 18 and 24 are most likely to take Mr Adams at his word, with 24pc saying they trust him on the issue.

Security and intelligence information has always suggested he was heavily involved in the IRA terror campaign.

Cables published by WikiLeaks in December revealed Bertie Ahern's government told US authorities in 2005 they had "rock solid evidence" that Mr Adams was a member of the Provos' military command.

However, the SF chief again denied the allegations and also insisted he no had advance knowledge of the Northern Bank raid.

Officials in Dublin told Ambassador James Kenny that Adams and Martin McGuinness were aware the £26.5m robbery in Belfast in 2004, which was blamed on the IRA, was going to be carried out.

The opinion poll was carried out by Red C.

comurphy@herald.ie

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