Saturday 18 November 2017

Gerry Adams condemns death threats against Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty

Fine Gael's Regina Doherty. Photo: Tom Burke
Fine Gael's Regina Doherty. Photo: Tom Burke Newsdesk Newsdesk

Gerry Adams has condemned the death threats made against Fine Gael TD Regina Doherty after she took part in a fiery debate with the Sinn Féin leader on their local radio station.

Gardaí are investigating a threat made to Ms Doherty that her throat would be "slit" after the show on LMFM.

"I absolutely condemn it and people should be free to give their opinions," Mr Adams said yesterday.

However, he said her comments on radio after he spoke about fatal attacks on his own family gave an "insight" into how establishment parties view victims of the British army and unionist paramilitaries.

"If the unionist parties in the North behaved the way some politicians behave here on these issues, or if Sinn Féin in the North behaved in the same way on these issues, there would be no peace in the North, there would be no political institutions, there would be no coming together to work on issues of mutual advantage to people,"he said.

"The politicians here, those who take up this position, and they are perfectly entitled to state whatever position they want on these matters, need to be mindful of what Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and Arlene Foster are prepared to put up with and that we in Sinn Féin are willing to put up with for the common good," he added.

Irish Independent

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