VIDEO: Sinn Fein's Mary Lou McDonald hits out at media coverage surrounding their Special Criminal Court proposals
Published 27/02/2016 | 19:44
The deputy leader of Sinn Fein Mary Lou McDonald has hit out at media coverage of her party's proposals to abolish the Special Criminal Court.
Ms McDonald was asked by independent.ie's Dearbhail McDonald if the jailing of convicted tax cheat Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, described as a "good republican' by party leader Gerry Adams, and the party's proposals to abolish the special criminal court could have deterred voters.
"Well I think your own paper the Irish Independent and your news group certainly wish to use that story to that effect," Ms McDonald replied. "But some people would have concerns about the abolition of the Special Criminal Court," Dearbhail McDonald said in response.
"Of course absolutely. A discussion like that around due process, the protection of jurys and witnesses by the way... of course there's more ... that's a serious one and that's something people should engage with," said the SF deputy leader.
"But they were big concerns for voters. The proposed abolition of that court, which does try terrorist and gangland offences," said Dearbhail.
"There is a very big issue around the administration of justice and the resourcing of An Garda Siochana. We're not disagreeing there. I don't know how many doors you have knocked, I have knocked hundreds and thousands. I have spoken to so many people I barely have my voice left. We have discussed everything and anything. And let me tell you the kind of singular obsession of your newspaper on that particular issue purely for political reasons."
Dearbhail persisted in asking if the matter deterred voters.
"I don't know is the honest answer," the SF TD replied.
She didn't make any specific reference to Thomas 'Slab' Murphy's jailing.