Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams responded to newspaper reports that the daughter of Jean McConville, who was murdered by the IRA in 1972, was considering running against him in the Louth constituency.

Helen McKendry and her husband, Seamus, started the campaign that led to the IRA finally agreeing to give locations of the bodies of the so-called 'Disappeared'.

Nine victims have so far been recovered.

Mr Adams said the McConville family had suffered grievously during the Troubles, and that anyone who wished to stand in the election should do so.