Adams urges Sinn Fein members to tell truth about killing
Several of the seven Sinn Fein members suspended from the party in connection with a fatal stabbing at a Belfast bar are personally known to the Sinn Fein president, Gerry Adams, he acknowledged yesterday.
Speaking during his party's ard-fheis (annual conference) in Dublin yesterday, Mr Adams said he knew some of the seven, who have been told to give full and truthful accounts of what led to the killing.
The victim, Robert McCartney from the Short Strand area of Belfast, died on 30 January after becoming involved in an altercation at the pub. He was fatally stabbed by a member of the IRA outside the bar.
Mr Adams told The Independent: "I do know some of them, but I can't make judgements." In addition to the seven Sinn Fein suspensions three members of the IRA, two of them described as high-ranking, have been expelled.
Both Sinn Fein and the IRA have taken radical measures to distance themselves from the killing, which has led to a wave of condemnation of republicans.
Mr Adams acknowledged that some republicans had expressed "outright opposition" to his decision to give the names of the seven Sinn Fein members to the police ombudsman, who has in turn passed them to the Northern Ireland Police Service.
The five sisters of Mr McCartney made a dramatic appearance at the Sinn Fein conference on Saturday, receiving a standing ovation when Mr Adams escorted them into the hall. They listened to his address, receiving several rounds of applause at the mention of their name, as Mr Adams pledged the party's support for the killers of their brother to be brought before the courts. Catherine McCartney, said: "We are encouraged by Gerry Adams's speech but until what he spoke about is delivered on the ground, this is not over."
The behaviour of delegates indicated that the Sinn Fein grass roots are closing ranks in reaction to recent criticism from their opponents.
The party is hopeful of a good showing in this week's County Meath by-election.
- 1 Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Pro-Russian rebel 'admits to shooting down plane'
- 3 Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields
- 5 Dutch paedophile club to fight their ban at the European Court of Human Rights
Lana Del Rey: 'I have slept with a lot of guys in the industry'
Peaches Geldof cause of death: 'Heroin addict' socialite had taken fatal dose of drug, inquest concludes
Peaches Geldof inquest: Tragic final moments of socialite's life reveal she lied to husband about failed heroin tests
Israel-Gaza conflict: The myth of Hamas’s human shields
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Was a Russian-made missile really parked in this quiet square?
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash: 'Nine Britons, 23 Americans and 80 children' feared dead after Boeing passenger jet is 'shot down' near Ukraine-Russia border
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Vladimir Putin is given 'one last chance' to end hostilities in Ukraine
The 'scroungers’ fight back: The welfare claimants battling to alter stereotypes
The truth about conspiracy theories is that some require considering
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Ukrainian military jet was flying close to passenger plane before it was shot down, says Russian officer
Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash: Massive rise in sale of British arms to Russia
£49000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client is...
£48000 - £54000 per annum + Benefits package: Progressive Recruitment: My clie...
£35000 - £45000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: If you're pa...
£45000 - £55000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: SAP Business...