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Monday 5 December 2016

‘Jerry’s killing was plain murder. It was not manslaughter’

Ann McCabe says Gerry Adams 'lies through his teeth'

Paul Williams

Published 07/06/2016 | 02:30

Det Gda Jerry McCabe. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22
Det Gda Jerry McCabe. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22
Ann McCabe claims Gerry Adams “knew from day one” who her husband’s killers were. “He knew what operation they were on. It was sanctioned by the people he represents – the IRA, his comrades.” Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

The brave widow of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe says she is in no doubt his brutal death 20 years ago today was "plain murder".

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Detective McCabe died on June 7, 1996, when he was mercilessly riddled with bullets while protecting the post office in Adare, Co Limerick.

Four IRA members were convicted of the lesser charge of manslaughter, while two other members of the gang are still on the run.

Sinn Féin campaigned for the early release of the Provo killers as part of the peace process, despite initially denying IRA involvement.

In an interview with the Irish Independent, Ann McCabe says Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams knew all along who was involved. Ms McCabe says Mr Adams "lies through his teeth".

Ms McCabe says her view on her husband's death has not changed over 20 years.

"It was plain murder. It wasn't manslaughter - so then, when the sentencing came out, we were shocked at that but we had to accept it."

Ms McCabe says she understands the grief of the families of other murdered gardaí.

Irish Independent

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