Farm bodies condemn Gerry Adams' comments about Tom Oliver's killers
Farming organisations have condemned comments made this week by Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams about the killers of farmer Tom Oliver.
Tom Oliver was killed in 1991 and this week Gerry Adams told LMFM radio that his death was "politically motivated" and suggested that his killers should go unpunished.
However, senior Government ministers have warned Mr Adams that there will be "no amnesty" for those who committed "senseless" killings during the Troubles.
Adams, in his comments on LMFM, said that jailing the IRA murderers of the Co Louth farmer would be "totally and absolutely counterproductive".
ICMSA President John Comer said there could be no question of suspending or abandoning the investigation.
"We - and I think the vast majority of citizens - see the need for justice to be done for Mr Oliver's family and community and the justice system should proceed on that basis."
IFA president Joe Healy added that the murder "shook farming and the young farming community to the core".
Agriculture Minister Michael Creed backed the farmers' calls for justice and said Mr Adams had made an "appalling suggestion" of forgiveness.