LABOUR Party TD for Louth Ged Nash rightly acknowledged the role of the gardai in protecting the fabric of society and the foundations of our democracy in paying tribute to Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.
Unfortunately, another TD for Louth was less sincere in his comments. After years of leading an organisation that sought to undermine this State and murdered members of An Garda Siochana, Gerry Adams is suddenly feeling remorseful.
Seventeen years too late, Mr Adams decided to apologise for the callous murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe.
The question arises: why was the Sinn Fein president apologising for a murder which he initially claimed had nothing to do with the republican movement?
Mr Adams's comments wouldn't ring so hollow if Sinn Fein was genuinely remorseful. The Sinn Fein leadership and its mirror image in the IRA army council initially denied involvement in the raid on the post office in Adare, Co Limerick, in which Det Gda McCabe and his partner, Det Gda Ben O'Sullivan, were riddled with bullets. Is Mr Adams now apologising for that?
Only after the killers were caught did Sinn Fein and the IRA admit that the robbery and killing had been sanctioned at "a lower level".
Mr Adams and Martin McGuinness himself later argued for the early release of the killers under the the Good Friday Agreement. Is Mr Adams now apologising for that? Sinn Fein figures were photographed in Castlerea Prison laughing with the gunmen. Is Mr Adams now apologising for that? Three years ago Martin Ferris was the welcoming committee when the McCabe killers were released from Castlerea Prison. Is Mr Adams now apologising for that?
Platitudes and expressions of sorrow for Det Gda McCabe's widow, Anne McCabe, are nothing new for Sinn Fein. But the party has expressed too many weasel words on this killing to be taken seriously.