Friday 30 September 2016

Yes, grown-up politics is 'confusing', Mr Adams

Published 09/02/2016 | 02:30

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA

Gerry Adams didn't mean to say that gangland doesn't exist; it was just a bit of confusion, according to Mary Lou McDonald, who was "happy to set the record straight". Sure, that's grand so. And one can see why the Sinn Féin leader might have been a bit discombobulated by the idea of gangsters turning up at a hotel brandishing AK-47s. It's not the sort of thing Mr Adams would be accustomed to. And it was thoughtful of his deputy leader to clear this up for us.

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But Taoiseach Enda Kenny has nonetheless called on Mr Adams to make a statement on reports that the weapons used in the attack "may well be very similar if not of the same cargo that came in from abroad with the Provisional IRA a number of years ago". The public too would like to know where the weapons came from.

It would also be very much appreciated if Garda Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan might explain why no undercover police were on site.

When asked yesterday,why gardaí were not present at the scene of the Drumcondra murder when crime journalists were, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said this was an operational decision by the gardaí. "They had no intelligence which they believed would have warranted their presence there." She said it was not her place to second-guess an operational decision that gardaí took. All the same, one wonders whose place it might be.

Mr Adams and Ms McDonald condemned the attack, and said they were committed to seeing the murderers brought to justice.

But they are also committed to having the Special Criminal Court axed. Mr Adams believes that witness protection might be availed of to protect jurors once the court was abolished. Ms McDonald felt there might be a role for "technology".

How one deals with criminals who think nothing of taking another's life, never mind intimidating jurors, without mechanisms like the Special Criminal Court, is unclear. Sinn Féin says we should trust them on this one. And if their strategy is a little muddled, that's understandable. This grown-up politics is "confusing".

Irish Independent

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