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Minister's attack on Adams cynical

The ad hominem attack by Irish Minister for Justice Frances FitzGerald on SF leader Gerry Adams over the killing of Kevin McGuigan is a cynical exploitation of this murder (Dublin orders 'fresh assessment' of Provisional IRA activity, August 25th).

It appears that Minister FitzGerald is gratuitously using the killing of Mr McGuigan as a smokescreen to deflect attention from the range of issues like Irish water and the meteoric rise in the polls of Sinn Fein which threatens to drown her government.

These relentless attacks by political opponents of Gerry Adams and SF regarding the killing of Kevin McGuigan are in marked contrast to the reluctance to engage in any discourse on holding to account those responsible for the biggest mass murder in Irish history, the Dublin and Monaghan bombings, or the killing by British soldiers of 11 innocent people in Ballymurphy in August 1971. The British Government has refused to co-operate with the Barron Inquiry into these bombings.

Tom Cooper

Irish National Congress, Dublin

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