Gerry Adams blasts dissident Republicans

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams

SINN FÉIN president Gerry Adams has blasted dissident republican groups for putting "people in graves for no good reason."

Speaking ahead of a major meeting in Ireland Monday, Adams slammed both the Real IRA and the Continuity IRA for the March murders of British soldiers Patrick Azimkar and Mark Quinsey and PSNI officer Stephen Carroll.

“You get these two soldiers killed, but for what reason? You get the police officer killed, for what reason? Almost because it could be done. Did anybody come forward? Did anyone stand up and make themselves available to rationalise or argue about what they did? I think that’s wrong,” he said.

“Say what you want about Sinn Féin but we stood toe to toe with anyone when we thought it was the right thing to do, for those who wanted to, to engage in armed actions. When we thought there was another way of doing it we also went in and argued and debated it out.

"I have no time at all for those who are just going to put young guys in prison for no good reason, or put people in graves for no good reason.”