McCabe family: 'Stop the rise of Sinn Fein'
The brother-in-law of slain garda Jerry McCabe has said it would be an "embarrassment" and an "insult" to Limerick people who supported them if Sinn Fein wins a Dail seat in the city.
Retired garda Pat Kearney wants "to prevent Sinn Fein in every possible way" and called on people to vote for anybody except Maurice Quinlivan.
Det Gda McCabe was killed by members of the provisional IRA during the attempted robbery of a post-office van in Adare, Co Limerick in 1996.
After serving their prison sentences two of the killers, Pearse McAuley and Kevin Walsh, were collected from Castlerea Prison in 2009 by Sinn Fein TD Martin Ferris.
Speaking at a rally for Labour Party minister Jan O'Sullivan, Mr Kearney said: "I think it would be an embarrassment for the people of Limerick to have a Sinn Fein candidate representing them in the Dail.
"It would be an awful insult to the people of Limerick who supported Ann McCabe and her family through thick and thin after the awful murder of Jerry McCabe, which will be 20 years ago in June."
Mr Quinlivan, who is currently a councillor, is expected to take a seat in the constituency where the sitting TDs are Ms O'Sullivan, Michael Noonan, Willie O'Dea and Kieran O'Donnell.
"No one in Sinn Fein has apologised to the McCabe family in any way, shape or form. I cannot understand why there is this groundswell of support to Sinn Fein in view of the awful work they have done throughout Ireland, and the history of Martin Ferris in North Kerry supporting the murderers of Jerry McCabe," Mr Kearney said.
Just last December Mr Ferris said he had no regrets about his actions.
And Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams told the Sunday Independent yesterday he is sure Mr Ferris meant "no offence at all but if that family feel, as it seems they do feel, that him collecting the prisoners was an insult or was offensive to them, of course I apologise for that," he said.
"Maurice Quinlivan is the Sinn Fein candidate in Limerick. I would appeal to everyone to vote for Maurice Quinlivan, to elect a Sinn Fein TD for Limerick. And that's with all deference and respect to anyone who has suffered as a result of the various dreadful incidents that happened in the course of the campaign."