Sunday 18 March 2018

Paul Williams: IRA spy ring watching Leinster House holds the key to Sinn Féin's outlook

Aengus Ó Snodaigh. Photo: Tom Burke
Aengus Ó Snodaigh. Photo: Tom Burke

Paul Williams

Sinn Féin has previously demanded the abolition of the Special Criminal Court. The party has also got previous on criticising our judiciary.

It occurred when two Sinn Féin election workers were jailed for espionage activities - effectively spying on Government ministers, TDs and senators at Leinster House in a major IRA intelligence-gathering trawl.

At the time, 13 years ago, the uncovering of the spy ring was played down on all sides for fear it would disrupt the still infant peace process. The argument for not highlighting the IRA activity was not unlike the apologists this week for Slab Murphy's tax evasion - the appeasement of the IRA is more important.

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