Wednesday 21 February 2018

Adams takes counsel from 'his amigo Slab', says Burton

Ms Burton hit out at Mr Adams over his friendship with Murphy
Ms Burton hit out at Mr Adams over his friendship with Murphy
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Tánaiste Joan Burton has accused Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams of displaying "amnesia" in relation to the murder of Jean McConville and other "atrocities" carried out by the IRA.

The Labour Party leader ramped up her attacks on Mr Adams, who she says relies on a "distinguished set of friends" which would "terrify the life out of most decent people".

Ms Burton singled out Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, the tax cheat and former IRA chief, who Mr Adams and Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald have described as a "good republican".

During the RTÉ leaders' debate, Mr Adams likened Ms Burton, as well as Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin, to the "three amigos".

But speaking in Limerick, Ms Burton hit out at Mr Adams over his friendship with Murphy.

"I suppose Gerry will be talking to his amigo - amigo 'Slab'. He has a distinguished set of friends that I have to say terrify the life out of most decent people in Ireland. Not regarding the fact the man is apparently, as far as Gerry and others are concerned, a great friend," she said.

"That's the irony of a Sinn Féin leader without any past, with amnesia in relation to what happened to people like Jean McConville and other dreadful atrocities."

Meanwhile, Ms Burton declined to entirely rule out potentially doing business with Fianna Fáil in the future.

But she said she is currently "exclusively" focussed on returning the Fine Gael/Labour government.

Irish Independent

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