Friday 24 February 2017

Adams's backing of pal Slab Murphy is a real problem for SF in run-up to election

Colette Browne

Colette Browne

'As Adams has pointedly remarked that Murphy continues to maintain his innocence, does that mean he prefers his friend’s assurances to the verdict of the court?' Cartoon by Ken Lee
'As Adams has pointedly remarked that Murphy continues to maintain his innocence, does that mean he prefers his friend’s assurances to the verdict of the court?' Cartoon by Ken Lee

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.

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