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.

Dublin - Northern Ireland police secured court permission on Friday to extend by 48 hours the detention of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams for questioning about a 1972 murder during the province's conflict.

“Detectives from PSNI Serious Crime Branch investigating the abduction and murder of Jean McConville in 1972 have been granted an extra 48 hours to interview the 65-year-old man who was arrested in connection with the investigation on Wednesday,” a spokesman said.