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Gerry Adams urged to assist murder probe

By Philip Ryan

Police in the Republic investigating the brutal IRA murder of a farmer have been passed information by an Irish politician, it has emerged.

Peter Fitzpatrick confirmed he met gardai last week to discuss the review of the killing of Tom Oliver. The Fine Gael TD said he had handed them details he believed to be relevant to the investigation.

Mr Oliver, a 42-year-old sheep farmer, was abducted from his home in Co Louth in 1991. His tortured body was found across the border in South Armagh the next day.

Mr Fitzpatrick, a TD for Louth, said: "I met with senior gardai in Louth on Friday morning and it was a very productive meeting where they confirmed to me that they were looking into fresh lines of inquiry.

"I strongly encourage those with information that could be helpful to the investigation to come forward."

Mr Fitzpatrick later confirmed he gave gardai information relating to the case.

"I spoke with gardai and told them information I had relating to the murder," he told the Sunday Independent.

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams has angered Mr Oliver's family and the farming community when he suggested the father of seven's murder was "politically motivated".

He also said it would be "absolutely counter-productive" to jail those responsible for the cold-blooded killing.

Last week Mr Adams urged Mr Fitzpatrick to speak to gardai if he had any information about Mr Oliver's murder.

At the weekend Mr Fitzpatrick said the "time has come" for those involved in Mr Oliver's death to "come clean".

"Deputy Gerry Adams has said that asking for information on the torture and murder does not help the process of truth recovery. I would be very interested in any measures that Deputy Adams might have to aid the process of truth recovery," he said.

"I ask Deputy Adams, has the time not come for the Provisional movement, in the interests of law and order, to bring information to the Garda on the many murders they are linked with? Our justice system takes place in a court of law, not on back roads with blacked-out vans."

The TD was referring to Mr Adams's decision to bring the sons of murdered prison guard Brian Stack to meet those involved in their father's murders in a blacked-out van.

Mr Adams has denied that he knows anything about the murder of Mr Oliver by the IRA.

Mr Oliver was dragged from his home in the Cooley Peninsula before being beaten and murdered.

The IRA later claimed responsibility for the murder.

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