Friday 2 December 2016

Tanaiste accuses Gerry Adams of displaying 'amnesia' in relation to Jean McConville murder

Niall O'Connor, Political Correspondent

Published 16/02/2016 | 16:05

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/REUTERS
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Clodagh Kilcoyne/REUTERS

TANAISTE Joan Burton has accused Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams of displaying "amnesia" in relation to the murder of Jean McConville.

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The Labour Party leader today ramped up her attacks on Mr Adams,who she says relies on a "distinguished set of friends" that would "terrify the life out of most decent people".

Ms Burton singled out Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, who Mr Adams and Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald described as a 'good republican'.

"I suppose Gerry will be talking to his amigo, 'amigo Slab'. He has a distinguished set of friends that I have to say terrify the life out of most decent people in Ireland. Not regarding the fact the  man is apparently, as far as Gerry and others are concern, a great friend," Ms Burton told reporters.

"That's the irony of a Sinn Fein leader without any past, with amnesia in relation to what happened to people like Jean McConville and other dreadful atrocities.  It's ok for him to make fun of democracy because obviously he has a very light regard for it," she added.

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