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Action needed against border criminals – Adams

3 March, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking in the Dáil today, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD called on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to ensure that Gardai are given adequate resources to combat the activities of criminals operating in South Armagh/North Louth area.

Mr Adams was speaking in the wake of a major rally in South Armagh expressed solidarity with a local republican family after Francis McCabe Junior was seriously injured in a booby trap bomb attack.

Adams said:

“Following threats to republican families in south Armagh who have been forthright in their support for the PSNI and against criminality, a booby trap bomb was left close to the home of local Sinn Féin leader Frank McCabe.

“Francis McCabe Jnr, whose only offence is that he is from a republican family, and who is a good, decent, hard-working man and a good neighbour, was seriously injured.

“Those involved are part of a small number of criminals who have been responsible over the years for the killing of Volunteer Keith Rogers, the beating to death of Paul Quinn, the murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe, and the shooting of Michael Bellew.

“Some sections of the media and political opponents of Sinn Fein have attempted to blame republicans for this criminality.

“Their political opportunism has created an atmosphere in which these criminals believe they can carry out violent acts of intimidation, including murder.

“There is a strong suspicion that some are agents of a different agenda from the rest of us and they are opposed to Sinn Féin because the party stands against their activities.

“I call on the Taoiseach to ensure that adequate resources are given to An Garda Síochána to properly investigate the activities of these gangs?

“Urgent discussions between the government and the Executive are needed to ensure that the border cannot be exploited by these gangs.”

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