Thursday 8 December 2016

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams says he is under no obligation to 'swallow the entire baggage' of the State

Published 21/12/2015 | 10:00

Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
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SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams has today made the extraordinary claim that he is under no obligation to "swallow the entire baggage" of the State as he stands by his decision to attack the country's justice system.

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Mr Adams today spoke to his local radio station LMFM as his party continues to reel from his decision to swoop to the defence of tax cheat and former IRA chief Thomas 'Slab' Murphy.

READ MORE: SF leader's credibility in tatters over Murphy case  

The Louth TD rejected staunch criticism levelled at him by former Justice Minister Alan Shatter and Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin, describing the latter as a "merchant of negative spin" for the second time in 24 hours.

In relation to Mr Shatter, Mr Adams said the Fine Gael TD was forced to resign as a result of the garda controversies, adding: "So I don't take him seriously."

The controversy that has unfolded since the Murphy verdict took an extraordinary twist yesterday when Mr Adams cast a slur on the country's legal system.

READ MORE: You cannot have things both ways, Mr Adams  

Despite insisting he recognises the rule of the law, Mr Adams said he does not believe his friend 'Slab' Murphy should have been tried at the jury less court.

And in a further extraordinary claim today, Mr Adams said he does not have to accept the "baggage" of the Irish State. 

"Do I have to swallow the entire baggage of a state that is dependent on draconian legislation, the Offences Against the State Act or the Special Criminal Court, no I don't," he said.

In relation to future governments, Mr Adams said a 32 county State would be the price parties would have to pay to persuade Sinn Fein to do business.

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