Sinn Féin's confused response to killing
Published 07/12/2015 | 02:30
It is almost two decades since Detective Garda Jerry McCabe was killed in Adare by IRA thugs who were stealing dole and pension money so that Ireland could be free and united. But even after 20 years, Sinn Féin still has a rather confused response to it all.
Louise O'Reilly, Sinn Féin's candidate in the newly named constituency of Fingal in north Dublin, struggled just this past weekend to condemn this criminal act against a dedicated policeman.
After a rather alarming and muddle-headed appearance on RTÉ radio's 'Saturday With Claire Byrne', Ms O'Reilly later used social media to say she did in fact "unreservedly condemn" this brutal killing of a garda.
In her radio contribution, Ms O'Reilly - when called upon to condemn the McCabe killing - felt the issue was "not that simple".
In fact, it is, was and always will be brutally simple. Garda Jerry McCabe was killed in the line of duty by criminals masquerading as would-be patriots.
In his adopted home city of Limerick, 25,000 marched in Jerry McCabe's funeral cortège to express their revulsion at this attack on all fair-minded democrats who believe in the rule of law.
The issue arose again in recent days because one of Detective McCabe's killers was jailed for a monstrous assault on his own wife in front of their young children.
Pauline Tully frankly said she thought her ex-husband, Pearse McAuley, was going to murder her.
But perhaps we should not be too hard on the response of an inexperienced Sinn Féin candidate. Her initial response merely reflects the party's own responses to Jerry McCabe's killing. They have strongly defended and supported the people ultimately convicted for the killing.