Monday 23 April 2018

Tom Oliver lived for his family and was murdered for the IRA

The torture and killing of a young farmer shows up Gerry Adams's distorted moral compass, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams. Photo: Reuters
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams. Photo: Reuters
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Clay rattles down on the coffin. Grief embraces, with its grip of pain.

The dull familiar drumming is the sound of a nation's shame.

So ended the poem written by Sean Branigan for a 1991 protest rally against the barbarous torture and murder of Tom Oliver, a farmer on Co Louth's Cooley peninsula.

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