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Tuesday 24 October 2017

Jerry McCabe’s widow accuses McGuinness of refusing to assist gardai

Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

THE WIDOW of a garda detective shot dead in an attempted robbery has accused Martin McGuinness of refusing to assist gardai in catching the killers of those who died serving the state.

Anne McCabe, the widow of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe, hit out at the Sinn Fein presidential candidate, maintaining his past cannot be ignored and brushed aside in the interests of peace.

Det Gda McCabe was shot dead on June 7, 1996 outside Adare post office, Co Limerick. Four Provisional IRA members were convicted of his killing.

Mrs McCabe said her family wants to move on and resume what passes for a normal life without a father, husband and brother.

"We can't move on if Mr McGuinness assumes he can aspire to the symbolic status of first citizen without first discharging the most basic responsibility of any citizen," she said.

"If Martin McGuinness cannot or will not assist the authorities with its investigations into the murders of police officers, soldiers and prison officers how can we expect the rule of law to prevail under his presidency?

"This is a moment of truth for all of us."

Mrs McCabe called on all other candidates seeking the office of president to demand Mr McGuinness co-operate with gardai into its ongoing inquiries into the terrorist crimes that claimed the lives of servants of the Republic.

Mr McGuinness unreservedly condemned the killing of Det Gda McCabe last month.

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