Wednesday 16 August 2017

SF's muddled response to McCabe murder shows confusion on party line

Sinn Féin party leader Gerry Adams with General Election candidate for Dublin/Fingal Louise O’Reilly
Sinn Féin party leader Gerry Adams with General Election candidate for Dublin/Fingal Louise O’Reilly
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Suggestions that Sinn Féin General Election candidate Louise O'Reilly was prevented from condemning the killing of Garda Jerry McCabe because she was "rounded on" during an interview are laughable.

On the Claire Byrne show on Radio One on Saturday, Ms O'Reilly spent a full five minutes dodging a very easy question that required a simple yes or no response: Did she condemn the killing of Garda McCabe?

Instead of immediately and unequivocally denouncing his death at the hands of the IRA, Ms O'Reilly equivocated and blustered before eventually trying to depict Garda McCabe as a casualty of war.

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