Wednesday 20 September 2017

Gerry Adams shuns questions on convicted tax cheat Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy

Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams has refused to comment on the outcome of tomorrow’s sentencing hearing of his friend and convicted tax cheat Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy.

Murphy, who Mr Adams describes as “good republican”, is before the Special Criminal Court on the day of the General Election where he will be sentenced for tax fraud.

Speaking at Sinn Féin’s final press conference of the campaign, Mr Adams said “What happens tomorrow in the courts is a matter for the courts,” when questioned about Murphy’s sentencing hearing.

Asked by Independent.ie if he hoped Mr Murphy would vote for him before his court appearance, Mr Adams said he wanted everyone to vote for Sinn Féin.

“I want to call on everybody who has a future in this Ireland we want to build. It’s all about the future. I want you to consider, along with everybody else, seizing the moment and voting for Sinn Fein,” Mr Adams said.

He also urged young people “not to listen to the bulls**t” and vote in tomorrow’s General Election.

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