Monday 24 October 2016

Adams alleges FG got better treatment on its tax irregularities

Published 13/02/2016 | 02:30

Gerry Adams. Photo: Arthur Carron
Gerry Adams. Photo: Arthur Carron

Gerry Adams has said Michael Noonan "was not pulled before the Special Criminal Court" for tax offences committed by Fine Gael during his leadership.

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Mr Adams again insisted that Thomas 'Slab' Murphy should at least have been tried by jury and not before the jury-less Special Criminal Court.

But he said that Sinn Féin believed everyone should make tax returns and pay tax - and he refused to comment on the potential voter impact of Mr Murphy being sentenced on polling day, February 26.

"It is interesting that the Fine Gael party under Michael Noonan's watch failed to make tax returns. There were colossal sums of money involved but Michael Noonan was not pulled before the Special Criminal Court - they went and they sorted it out," Mr Adams told reporters in a break from canvassing in Dundalk.

The Sinn Féin leader said people in many walks of life had difficulty with the Revenue, including people in broadcasting and journalists.

He stressed his belief that everybody must pay their taxes - or face whatever consequences arose. "Our issue is that if it needed to come to court, that it should have been before a jury," Mr Adams added.

Mr Adams was again asked about the potential effect of the man he described as "a good Republican" being sentenced on polling day. He said he was not prepared to discuss what he viewed as a hypothetical question.

"But would you say Michael Noonan was not 'a good Fine Gaeler'?" the Sinn Féin leader asked.

He further argued that Sinn Féin's stance on abolishing the Special Criminal Court did not affect the level of crime caused because successive governments had cut garda numbers.

Fine Gael brushed aside the allegations last night. "I won't dignify such an outrageous comparison with a response," a spokesman said.

Irish Independent

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