Sinn Fein denials have made fools of the Irish people
Only a public inquiry where counsel can cross-examine Gerry Adams and his comrades will reveal big picture about Sinn Fein.
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Sinn Fein is a party of shameless contradictions, saying what suits it at whatever given time. It relies on the gullibility of its voters, and often, in the public political fallout of events, the real detail gets lost as the party deflects blame onto everyone else but itself.
Take its view on IRA criminality for example. Gerry Adams once described a notorious republican suspected of tax offences as "not a criminal", while, when another republican, Sean Hughes (named under parliamentary privilege as a senior IRA man) had properties confiscated at the request of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in 2009, Sinn Fein's Conor Murphy said: "Sean Hughes is a sound republican…the raids today on Sean's home…have caused deep anger in south Armagh. There is no justification for the deliberate targeting of Sean and his family today." Hughes had previously been convicted of fraudulently claiming income support.
In 2005, SF's Mitchel McLaughlin said the murder of Jean McConville was "wrong, but not a crime", and when Gerry Adams was arrested by police investigating this case, Martin McGuinness stood on a public platform as former IRA Director of Intelligence, and Northern Sinn Fein Chair Bobby Storey roared: "How dare they (the PSNI) touch our leader, the leader of Irish Republicanism!"