Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has been accused of hypocrisy for taking part in a pre-St Patrick’s Day march which bans gays.

Mr Adams is in Boston, Massachusetts for the annual celebration and has accepted an invitation to join the march, although Boston’s mayor Thomas Menino refuses to attend because of the anti-gay policy.

He also attended and spoke at a club last night which bars women, despite his party’s attacks on “elitist and sexist” men-only establishments.

Mr Adams said today at a St Patrick’s Day breakfast: “I am against exclusion, I am for inclusivity.”

Alliance Party leader David Ford said: “Sinn Fein at home talks a lot about inclusivity and equality. On the face of it it seems Mr Adams applies different standards in the US.”