Gerry Adams is unfit for office
Published 27/12/2015 | 02:30
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.
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.