The Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said that he rejected as forcefully as he could any suggestion that he played a part in the death of Jean McConville, who was abducted, killed and secretly buried by the IRA in Co Louth in 1972.

In a statement, Gerry Adams who is standing for election in the Louth constituency said he had expressed his deep regret at the injustice that was inflicted on the McConville family by republicans.

His comments came after the family of Jean McConville campaigned in Dundalk against Mr Adams who has denied he was ever a member of the IRA.