Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed “the conclusion of the Police Ombudsman’s investigation.”
“I welcome the publication today of the Police Ombudsman’s report. Along with the Attorney General report it reaffirms that I committed no offence.
“Now that these matters have been investigated my family should be afforded the same privacy as any other family.
“There has been a distinct lack of sensitivity and compassion by some within sections of the media and of politics in how they have dealt with this case.
“It is frequently exploited in a nasty self-serving and vindictive way for narrow political ends. The same approach and criteria would not apply in other similar cases.
“It is also clear from these two reports that when allegations of abuse arise that every possible help and support is provided for victims and families.
“It is also important that the authorities create an atmosphere in which witnesses will come forward. “