Adams's backing of pal Slab Murphy is a real problem for SF in run-up to election
Published 22/12/2015 | 02:30
Gerry Adams may not like the Special Criminal Court, but as a public office holder and leader of one of the biggest opposition parties in the State, he must respect its judgments.
"Tom Murphy contests the verdict of the Special Criminal Court (SCC) and maintains his innocence," was how Adams reacted to his friend's conviction on nine counts of tax evasion last week.
The court heard Murphy had "significant dealings" in cattle sales in the period 1996 to 2004, including receiving more than €100,000 in EU and State subsidies, but had failed to make any returns to Revenue during that time.