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Family of murdered farmer call McGuinness a hypocrite

Elaine Keogh

Published 26/10/2011 | 05:00

THE family of murdered Louth farmer Tom Oliver yesterday accused Sinn Fein candidate Martin McGuinness of "shallow hypocrisy" for his attack on Sean Gallagher.

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Eugene Oliver, whose father was abducted, tortured and murdered by the IRA in July 1991, said he was outraged by Mr McGuinness's performance on RTE's 'Frontline' debate.

"What really upset me was when I heard Martin McGuinness warn another candidate to tell the truth. What shallow hypocrisy from a man who has dined out on weasel words for most of his career," said Mr Oliver.

In the statement on behalf of his family, Mr Oliver, who still lives in Cooley, said: "Mr McGuinness has to stop hiding behind weasel words and admit that my father, Jean McConville and others were murdered by the IRA."

Accusation

After the murder of the 43-year-old farmer, the IRA claimed that Tom Oliver was an informer, an accusation which has always been was denied by his family and which resulted in a surge of anger by the local community against the IRA.

In the statement released to the media through the Sean Gallagher campaign office, Mr Oliver said: "We saw the empty words of Martin McGuinness on RTE's 'Frontline' for what they were. He refused to call the killing of victims of the IRA 'murder'.

"Before people go to vote, my family are entitled to hear (my father's) death admitted as murder.

"He was gunned down in cold blood and my family are entitled to finally and unequivocally hear the words 'murder' uttered from his (McGuinness's) lips."

Irish Independent

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