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Gerry Adams: I won't be at Slab's sentencing

By John Downing

Published 12/02/2016

Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams

Gerry Adams is not expected to be in Dublin's Special Criminal Court today for a sentencing hearing involving the man he previously called "a good republican" - Thomas 'Slab' Murphy.

Mr Murphy was convicted on nine charges of tax fraud after a 32-day trial late last year, and the three-judge court will today consider his sentence.

Canvassing in Mullingar, Co Westmeath, yesterday the Sinn Fein leader would not say if he was apprehensive about the fall-out from today's hearing for his party's election prospects.

"I have no plans to go to the court tomorrow," he said.

Mr Adams again insisted Irish voters were not interested in his plans to abolish the non-jury Special Criminal Court, in spite of the upsurge in gangland killings.

He said "only the media" were asking him about the matter - in spite of two drug gang murders in Dublin inside four days.

"The issue of our long-standing policy on the Special Criminal Court has not been raised with me by even one person outside of the media," Mr Adams said during a break from canvassing.

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