Sunday 4 December 2016

'Chris Andrews led family up the garden path'

Published 20/02/2016 | 02:30

Sinn Fein candidate Chris Andrews. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein candidate Chris Andrews. Photo: Tom Burke
Labour's Kevin Humphreys. Photo: Tom Burke

The family of murder victim Joseph Rafferty were "led up the garden" path by election candidate Chris Andrews, a Labour minister has claimed.

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Kevin Humphreys, who is running against Mr Andrews in Dublin Bay South, has denied that his decision to raise the case on national radio this week was a political manoeuvre. He told the Irish Independent that Mr Andrews was "to the forefront of the campaign to help the Raffertys but since joining Sinn Féin he has been noticeably silent".

Mr Rafferty was murdered in Ongar, west Dublin, in 2005 by a member of the Provisional IRA.

Mr Andrews, who was a Fianna Fáil TD at the time but is now standing for Sinn Féin, was heavily involved in the family's campaign for justice and met with gardaí on several occasions to help advance their case. He also raised the issue in the Dáil.

However, Mr Rafferty's sister Ester Uzell has now alleged the city councillor is a "hypocrite" for joining Sinn Féin, despite knowing that a party associate was involved in the murder.

Mr Andrews has conceded the suspect may be associated with "people within Sinn Féin" but denied he was a member of the party.

He has said that Ms Uzell's public comments just days out from the General Election are "politically motivated".

Mr Humphreys said: "He raised it in the Dáil while in Fianna Fáil. But he's amazingly silent now. He has been totally inconsistent on this and led the family up the garden path."

Irish Independent

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