Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams arrives at the funeral of veteran British Labour politician Tony Benn at St Margaret's Church, Westminster Abbey in London, in this file picture taken March 27, 2014. REUTERS/Neil Hall/Files
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Northern Ireland police arrested Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams on Wednesday as part of an investigation into one of the province's most controversial murders, a move that sent political shockwaves through Belfast and Dublin.The man reviled in Britain as the spokesman for the Irish Republican Army in the 1980s, Adams reinvented himself as a Northern Ireland peacemaker and then as a populist opposition politician in the Irish parliament.Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald said the decision to make the arrest weeks before elections across Ireland, was influenced by demands from political rivals and "elements of the old guard" within the Northern Ireland police service.A year later Adams helped broker a peace deal that largely ended three decades of violence between Catholic militants seeking union with Ireland and mainly Protestant militants, who wanted to maintain Northern Ireland's position as a part of Britain.Adams, who is campaigning for Sinn Fein candidates in European elections and local elections on May 23, also suggested his arrest could be politically motivated.
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