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Minister Frances Fitzgerald raps Sinn Fein on terror laws

By Philip Ryan

Published 26/02/2016

Tax fraud: Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy
Tax fraud: Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy

Irish Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald says Sinn Fein wants to abolish anti-terrorism laws and non-jury courts because of their success in protecting citizens from the "deadly activities of the Provisional IRA".

Ms Fitzgerald's intervention comes as Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams' friend Thomas 'Slab' Murphy today appears before Dublin's Special Criminal Court to be sentenced for tax fraud.

Former IRA chief Murphy will be sentenced by the non-jury court after he was convicted of cheating the Irish taxpayer out of hundreds of thousands of euros.

Mr Adams has said he will get rid of the Special Criminal Court and anti-terrorism laws if elected into government.

Ms Fitzgerald said Sinn Fein's plan to abolish the Offences Against the State Act, which legislates for non-jury courts, would make communities less safe from terrorists and criminals.

She said the legislation was a "very important power particularly at a time of increased of terrorist activities".

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