Sunday 19 February 2017

Gerry Adams is unfit for office

Published 27/12/2015 | 02:30

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams

The attack by the Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams on the Special Criminal Court and, by extension, the entire criminal justice system, represents a fundamental threat to one of the pillars of the State. As such, it must lead to the conclusion that neither Mr Adams nor Sinn Fein is fit to govern a State, one of the pillars of which they seek to undermine.

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In defence of his reaction to the trial and conviction of Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, who was previously found by a jury of his peers to be a Provisional IRA commander and to be heavily involved in criminal activities, Mr Adams has said he does not have to "swallow the entire baggage of a State" that is dependant on the Offences against the State Act.

To the growing litany of disturbing views the Sinn Fein president has vented in recent times - from his defence of the treatment meted out by the Provisional IRA to sexual abuse victims to his dismissal of authoritative reports which have confirmed that IRA criminal activity continues - his expressed views on legislation underpinning the Special Criminal Court and in defence of his alliance with a man like Thomas 'Slab' Murphy are profoundly disquieting indeed.

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