Tuesday 6 December 2016

Don't blame Sinn Fein for undermining law, they're only following orders

Gerry Adams' party is the political Trojan horse of a cadre of IRA hard men from Northern Ireland, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon

Published 27/12/2015 | 02:30

The Special Criminal Court (SCC) convicted Thomas 'Slab' Murphy on nine counts of failing to submit tax returns. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
The Special Criminal Court (SCC) convicted Thomas 'Slab' Murphy on nine counts of failing to submit tax returns. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

You knew what you were doing when you hired a defence lawyer in Russia, notes a character in the Soviet-era thriller Gorky Park.

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"Yes," comes the cynical reply, "wasting your money."

That's how republicans tend to see one-judge, non-jury trials such as those held in the Special Criminal Court (SCC) which has convicted IRA godfather Thomas 'Slab' Murphy on nine counts of failing to submit tax returns.

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