Tuesday 23 January 2018

'For families of The Disappeared it must be truly nauseating' - Alan Shatter slams Gerry Adams' slur on country's legal system

Alan Shatter
Alan Shatter

Niall O'Connor Political Correspondent

Former Justice Minister Alan Shatter has said the decision by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams to cast a slur on the country’s legal system will prove “truly nauseating” for the families of The Disappeared.

Mr Shatter has led the criticism of Sinn Féin after Mr Adams this week called into question the decision to hear Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy’s tax evasion case in front of the juryless Special Criminal Court.

Murphy, a former IRA godfather, was found guilty on Thursday of nine counts of tax fraud and is now facing up to five years in prison.

But Mr Adams, as well as the North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness, have come out in staunch of Murphy, describing him as a “good republican”.

The controversy took a new twist on Sunday after Mr Adams said he believed his pal Murphy did not receive fair treatment because the trial was not heard in front of a jury.

The claims sparked a dramatic intervention from Mr Shatter, who was known for taking a stood stand against criminals during his tenure as justice minister.

Gerry Adams. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Gerry Adams. Photo: Steve Humphreys

The Dublin-Rathdown TD said a Sinn Féin government would given “impunity” to terrorists and criminal gangs by abolishing the Special Criminal Court.

Reacting to the criticism today, Mr Adams told LMFM: “Is that the former justice minister who was sacked? I don’t take him seriously.”

Mr Shatter on Monday night told independent.ie that he believes Mr Adams’s is simply trying to deflect from the “bind he is caught up in”.

He added:

"Sinn Fein have done enormous damage to politics and to Dáil Éireann over the past 5 years by turning the Dáil chamber on occasion into a kangaroo court.

"They now want to undermine the administration of justice and place the lives of jurors and their families at risk by abolishing the Special Criminal Court.

"His advocacy of jury trials for all has no credibility when examined against the conduct of members of Sinn Fein and PIRA.

"For the families of The Disappeared it must be truly nauseating.”

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