Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams is to take legal action against two newspapers arising out of stories published yesterday.

Speaking at the launch of his party's local election manifesto, Mr Adams said he had asked his lawyer to take what he called "appropriate action" against The Independent and the Belfast Telegraph.

Mr Adams denied that he had been briefed by the PSNI ahead of his brother's trial on child abuse charges, or that he had discussed the case with a police officer before giving evidence.

He said there was no basis at all for the newspapers in question publishing what he said were totally false allegations.