Wednesday 7 December 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.

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