SF claims Slab was part of 'amazing' peace
Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness has said Thomas 'Slab' Murphy was key to something 'amazing' in Northern Ireland and the reaction to his conviction for tax evasion was "mindboggling".
Mr McGuinness has joined the Sinn Féin hierarchy in describing the Provo leader as "a good Republican".
He lashed out at politicians and the media, saying: "The amazing wouldn't have happened without the work of Tom Murphy."
The Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland added: "Over the course of the last number of days we have seen people politicking on this issue.
"Why do they do it? I say election, stupid. Of course, the hypocrisy of it is mindboggling, because we have seen, over the course of time, tribunals set up in Dublin which did not involve Sinn Féin or anybody associated with Sinn Féin."
He also backed Gerry Adams in his attack on the non-jury Special Criminal Court.
Mr Adams has alleged that it was unfair for Murphy to be tried in a court without a jury. He was speaking moments after the North's First Minister Peter Robinson said it would be "sheer madness" if Murphy had been tried in front of a jury, rather than the Special Criminal Court.
"I will resist any temptation to make reference to Al Capone and the style of his conviction.
"It is essential to say nobody is above the law and everyone is answerable to the courts," Mr Robinson said.