Tuesday 14 August 2018

Justice Minister warns Gerry Adams: 'No amnesty' for those who committed 'senseless' Troubles murders

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan. Photo: Gareth Chaney/Collins
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has warned Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams that there will be "no amnesty" for those who committed "senseless" murders during The Troubles.

Mr Flanagan spoke out today after Mr Adams claimed that jailing the IRA murderers of the innocent Co Louth farmer would be "totally and absolutely counterproductive."

In an interview on LMFM, Mr Adams described Mr Oliver's death in 1991 as a "politically motivated killing."

Speaking to Independent.ie, Mr Flanagan strongly criticised the remarks.

"The brutal murder of Tom Oliver was one of the most senseless acts of bloody murder whereby a wife and children were robbed of their husband and father," he said.

"Under no circumstance can the abduction and murder of a man be justified - for political or ideology means.

"I would say to Gerry Adams there can be and will be no amnesty of any sort or kind under the so-called banner of the Troubles.

"The garda authorities are taking this murder extremely serious. Should new evidence emerge it will be acted upon immediately."

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