Friday 23 March 2018

Gerry Adams defends involvement of child murderer in election campaign

Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

Gerry Adams has defended the involvement of a child murderer in one of Sinn Fein’s most prominent candidate's European election campaign.

Tommy McMahon -the only man convicted of the murder of Lord Mountbatten and two teenage boys -is working on Midlands North West candidate Matt Carthy’s campaign.

Asked by if he would like to distance himself from the convicted murder, Mr Adams said he “values the contribution of every single republican”.

“We are glad to have every single person who believes in a united Ireland, peacefully and democratically reached, to work with us,” he said.

“Fianna Fail, Fine Gael and a fledgling Labour Party were made up of people like Tommy McMahon and others,” he added.

What is seen as one of the most savage attacks of the troubles, McMahon planted a bomb on Lord Mountbatten’s fishing boat in August 1979.

The British Royal was on holidays with his family in Classiebawn Castle in County Sligo when he was targeted by the Irish Republican Army.

He was killed in the explosion, along with his 14-year-old grandson, Nicholas Knatchbull and 15-year-old Fermanagh boy John Maxwell, who was working on the boat.

McMahon was arrested shortly after the attack and later convicted of the horrific murders.

He was released in 1998 under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.

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