According to legal sources in Belfast, Gerry Adams hired a lawyer from the old law firm of the North’s Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Barra McGrory – who was himself Adams’ lawyer until 2011 – to advise and help him during his interrogation by PSNI detectives at Antrim police station.
The attorney, who apparently does not specialise in criminal law, works at PJ McGrory & Co, the law firm founded by the DPP’s father, the late Paddy McGrory. His son Barra was appointed DPP in 2011 and heads the office which must now decide whether to charge Gerry Adams. The PSNI have referred a file of evidence to the DPP for consideration.
Legal sources also say that the direction of PSNI questioning of Adams points more towards a possible charge of IRA membership rather than involvement in the Jean McConville murder.
It is assumed that Barra McGrory will have to recuse himself from the case because he once acted as Gerry Adams’ lawyer, but it is not known whether he was aware that an employee from his old law firm had been hired to represent the Sinn Fein leader during his four-day detention at Antrim police station.