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The electorate will decide who is fit for government, not Enda Kenny - Adams

7 February, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Responding to comments made by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny today, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said "the electorate will decide who is fit for government, not Enda Kenny’.

Teachta Adams said:

“Sinn Féin are not alone in its opposition to the use of non-jury courts. The Irish Council for Civil Liberties, Amnesty International and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights have also criticised the continued existence of the Special Criminal Court. The former President, Mary Robinson, has also voiced her concerns, as well as prominent members of other political parties. 

“There is also an onus on the Irish and British Governments under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, which was endorsed by the vast majority of people on this Island, to work towards the normalisation of policing and security matters, both North and South.

“Sinn Féin are of the view that the right of citizens to trial by their peers is a cornerstone of Republicanism. It was a core demand and outcome of the 1789 French Revolution and has been the hallmark of just legal systems for centuries. There is no place for special courts in a modern, democratic Republic. The Taoiseach clearly does not share that view.

“We recognise the potential threat to jurors, but it is the State's duty to introduce mechanisms to protect citizens doing their duty within the criminal justice system. It should do that, instead of denying citizens their human rights.

“The Taoiseach supposedly leads a Republic, he would do well to understand what that actually means. The electoral will decide who will lead a government not Enda Kenny.”

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