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Adams dismisses Moloney Book

29 March, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP commenting today on claims made in Ed Moloney’s book said:

“This book appears to be a reprint of Moloney’s previous book with the addition of interviews with Brendan Hughes.

Mr. Moloney and his colleague Anthony McIntyre have a long history of opposing the Sinn Fein peace strategy.

They have written books and countless articles attacking me the Sinn Féin leadership, and in its time the IRA leadership, for taking political initiatives and charting a path out of conflict to peace.

I knew Brendan Hughes well. Better than Ed Moloney or Anthony McIntyre.

He wasn’t well and hadn’t been for a very long time, including during the time he did these interviews.

He also carried with him an enormous sense of guilt over events surrounding the first hunger strike. However, that is no excuse for his involvement in this book.

Brendan also opposed the IRA cessations and the peace process. That was his right.

The fact is that the decisions taken collectively by republicans in recent years have improved the quality of life for people across this island; have ensured the growth of republican politics and created a new and dynamic context in which republicans have the potential to achieve our primary goal of Irish reunification and independence.

Brendan could and should have been part of this. For a mixture of reasons he wasn’t.

I reject any suggestion that I have ever sought to distance myself from the IRA. Anyone who recalls the years of conflict and the countless interviews I gave and still give, in which this issue is raised, will know that I was the person most frequently interviewed about the IRA and who defended the right of the IRA to engage in armed struggle during the time of war.

I also praised the IRA for its courageous decisions to accept a political alternative and to sue for peace.

I reject absolutely any accusation that I had any hand or part in the killing and disappearing of Jean McConville or in any of the other allegations that are being promoted by Ed Moloney.

The issue of the disappeared is a terrible legacy of the conflict. A grievous wrong has been done to these families. Republicans working with the Commission have being trying to right this wrong for some years.

The proposal to do this was initiated by me after I was approached by some of the families involved." ENDS

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