Friday 15 December 2017

Gangland response shows SF hypocrisy - McCabe relative

Jerry McCabe. Photo: Liam Burke
Jerry McCabe. Photo: Liam Burke

David Raleigh

A brother-in-law of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe, who was killed by an IRA gang 20 years ago, has blasted Sinn Féin as a party that supported "thugs and killers".

Former garda Pat Kearney claimed it was utterly hypocritical of Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams, who called for the immediate apprehension of the gangsters who shot dead two men in Dublin last Monday and Friday, as Sinn Féin had campaigned for the gang who killed Det McCabe.

Det Gda McCabe was gunned down in a hail of machine gun fire and his partner, Garda Ben O'Sullivan, was hit 11 times as they escorted a cash delivery van in Adare, Co Limerick, on June 7, 1996.


The atrocity took place just three weeks before the equally shocking killing of 'Sunday Independent' journalist Veronica Guerin, who had exposed the operations of Dublin gangland criminals led by the notorious John Gilligan.

Mr Adams has called for the abolition of the non-jury Special Criminal Court as he claims it breaches the human rights of defendants to a fair hearing.

Mr Kearney hit back at Mr Adams: "What about the rights of Jerry McCabe and his family?

"I'm totally against Sinn Féin's proposal to abolish the Special Criminal Court. It has served the country very well. It has proved very efficient in combating the criminal underworld of this country, and I'm all for retaining it," he added.

"We had experience of it in the trial of the thugs that killed Jerry. The Special Criminal Court performed very well in bringing those killers to justice."

Contrasting his brother-in-law's killing 20 years ago with Sinn Fein's statements calling for the apprehension of the gunmen behind the recent gangland killings in Dublin, Mr Kearney said: "Sinn Féin fully supported the killers of Jerry McCabe [during the Good Friday Agreement negotiations]. They visited them in Castlerea Prison; they collected them from Castlerea upon their release; they tried to prevent the media from (focusing) on the killers after they came out of prison."

He continued: "Sinn Féin campaigned for the killers of Jerry McCabe, but they want the killers in Dublin apprehended immediately."

The Limerick-based estate agent said the gangland crisis in Dublin needed a response to match the explosion in gang tensions.

Calling for the Defence Forces to assist Dublin gardaí in tackling the gangs, Mr Kearney said: "Why do we have an Army of thousands of soldiers? Why aren't they brought into play in situations like we have in Dublin at the moment?

"The Army could help at checkpoints. They could help in searches. They could help in having a presence on the streets."

Irish Independent

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