Monday 20 November 2017

Adams accused of role in Provos killing of farmer

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams Photo: REUTERS
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams Photo: REUTERS
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Gerry Adams was asked about the murder of Louth farmer Tom Oliver in an interview with Miriam O'Callaghan on RTÉ's 'Prime Time' in March 2015.

MOC: In relation to another infamous murder, that of Tom Oliver, Tom Oliver in Louth, you know that case do you?

GA: I do, yes.

MOC: In Cooley, he was taken by the IRA, murdered horrendously. In fact, the local priest said it looked like concrete blocks had been dropped on every bone of his body.

GA: Of course that's to be condemned if that's the case, that's to be condemned, of course it is. I was actually in, by complete fluke, I was on holidays down in Galway and came back up. I was in the Cooleys at the time Tom Oliver was killed. I was with my family in the Cooleys at that time.

MOC: There is a strong belief though that in fact you were the court of appeal that said that Tom Oliver should go to his death.

GA: How can you, there is 'strong belief'. How can you come on this programme and say that, Miriam? You're a journalist. How can you come on that programme and say that?

MOC: Because in the same way I suppose Garda commissioners, PSNI constables, Taoisigh, prime ministers (interrupted)

GA: Excuse me Miriam, you're making the most, the most (interrupted)

MOC: But you can deny it.

GA: Excuse me. But you should not be. You would not have the leader of the Labour Party who was a very, very prominent member of The Workers Party, at the time for example of Seamus Costello. You wouldn't have Pat Rabbitte in here and put that accusation to him?

MOC: But I'm entitled to put it to you (interrupted).

GA: You're not entitled to put it to me. You're not entitled to put it to me.

MOC: But you can deny it.

GA: Well I clearly deny it. But I do think it is a very, very reprehensible accusation to make. I am on this programme trying to make sense out of what was a conflict which marked this entire island and also very grievously the number of thousand of people who were killed.

MOC: But I'm speaking to you about the actions of republicans and you're here as a leader of republicans, so I have to put those questions to you.

GA: That's very different than accusing me. What are your sources? No, sorry Miriam, you cannot just come on a programme and say, it is widely believed or it is believed that you were on a court of appeal?

MOC: Widely believed by members of his family?

GA: Miriam, Miriam.

MOC: Yes that is the case Gerry Adams.

Irish Independent

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