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SF must give any info on Oliver killing to Garda: Minister

By Ken Whelan

The Republic’s Agriculture Minister Michael Creed insists that any information Sinn Fein has on the killing of farmer Tom Oliver should be forwarded to the appropriate authorities.

Asked his views on Gerry Adams’ remarks about allowing the killers of Louth farmer Mr Oliver to go unpunished, Mr Creed said the Sinn Fein president needed to ensure any information was outlined to the authorities.

“Whatever information he has should be forwarded to the authorities. It is what the Oliver family deserve,” he said.

“He has to realise that the DPP, gardai and judiciary are independent. The killers of Tom Oliver should be prosecuted.”

Mr Oliver, a sheep farmer, was abducted, tortured and brutally murdered by the IRA on July 19, 1991.

Mr Adams recently told LMFM radio that Mr Oliver’s death was “politically motivated” and suggested that his killers should go unpunished.

Mr Creed’s cabinet colleague, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan, was also strongly critical of Mr Adams’ 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,” said Mr Flanagan.

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