Murder victim's sister has Sinn Fein in her sights
Published 10/05/2007 | 00:00
ESTHER Uzell-Rafferty is a single-issue candidate with just one message for Sinn Fein: "I haven't gone away, you know."
Her determination to become a TD has a solitary aim: to highlight Sinn Fein/IRA's role in the murder of her brother nearly two years ago.
And at the launch of her election campaign yesterday, she called on Sinn Fein candidate, Daithi Doolan, to come clean on his dealings with those involved in the murder of her brother, Joseph Rafferty two years ago.
Running as an Independent, Ms Uzell-Rafferty appealed to the Sinn Fein leadership to instruct Dublin City Councillor Doolan to fully co-operate with the garda investigation of her brother's murder "by known members of Sinn Fein/IRA".
Daithi Doolan is a candidate in the same Dublin South-East constituency where she intends to test out Sinn Fein's recent acceptance of the legitimacy of the Irish Republic, its institutions and its police force.
"My family has continued to suffer intimidation by individuals associated with the Sinn Fein party in a bid to silence us in our quest for justice," Ms Uzell claimed.
Flanked by two of the McCartney sisters, whose brother Robert was murdered in remarkably similar circumstances in Belfast, Ms Uzell-Rafferty said she had been intimidated from her family home in south inner-city Dublin.
Anna McCabe, the widow of slain Garda detective Gerry McCabe, apologised for her non-appearance but sent a message: "The killers of Joseph Rafferty are being protected by the same people who protected the killers of Gerry McCabe."
Joseph Rafferty was shot dead in April 2005 outside his west Dublin apartment, after a row some months before at a wedding party in a hotel off Dublin's Pearse Street.
The Rafferty family asked Sinn Fein Cllr Doolan to intervene after threats made by the Sinn Fein-IRA to shoot Joseph Rafferty following a row which took place at a wedding in a local hotel.
Esther Uzell-Rafferty said that after a number of meetings with her family over some time, Cllr Doolan told them that the matter had been resolved.
But just days after Doolan told them he was not in danger, Joseph Rafferty was murdered outside his west Dublin apartment, in April 2005.
Ms Uzell-Rafferty said: "Sinn Fein refused to co-operate with the Garda investigation into Joseph's murder and Daithi Doolan only made a perfunctory statement five months later."
Running for the Dail is the Rafferty family's latest action in their 'Justice For Joe' campaign.