Monday 24 June 2019

Gerry Adams: Two murdered RUC officers had ‘laissez faire’ attitude to own safety

GERRY Adams today accused the two RUC officers murdered in Armagh in 1989 of displaying a “laissez faire” attitude to their own safety.

The Sinn Fein leader suggested Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Supt Bob Buchanan thought they were “immune” on the day of their murders.

The extraordinary comments come as the families of the deceased were today continuing to come to terms with the findings of the Smithwick Tribunal.

Judge Peter Smithwick found that at least one person in Dundalk Garda Station tipped the IRA off ahead of the shocking killings.

Speaking today, Mr Adams said the pair displayed a “laissez faire disregard” towards their own security.

“The former IRA volunteers said that one of the officers was spotted coming from the station, that they then used a house overlooking the station, to monitor comings and goings…” he told ‘Newstalk Breakfast’.

“So when you have that type of laissez faire disregard for their own security by both An Garda Siochana in relation to these two RUC officers and more importantly by the RUC officers themselves. Here they were in the heart of south Armagh, in the middle of a very, very severe conflict at that time and seemed to think that they were immune to attack by the IRA and tragically as it turned out for them, that wasn’t the case.

He said he is “sure the same thing happened to IRA volunteers” in the North during the Troubles.

Garda sources today said Commissioner Martin Callinan would personally examine the report’s findings before deciding what action, if any, will be taken.

However Justice Minister Alan Shatter said he did believe the person responsible for the leak to the IRA would never be identified.

“It’s highly unlikely that anything further can be done to identity who this individual is.”

Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson Niall Collins said right-minded people will have listened to Gerry Adams this morning in disbelief and disgust. 

"t is always hard to understand the value system or sense of right or wrong on Planet Sinn Féin, but this morning marks a new low."

Niall O’Connor, Political Correspondent

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