Everyone should be equal before the law
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD said today that everyone has a right to have their case heard in a fair and equal manner by a jury of their peers.
Speaking following the sentencing of Tom Murphy, Gerry Adams said:
“Everyone has a responsibility to pay their taxes. Tom Murphy has now been sentenced. His legal representatives have lodged an appeal and the case therefore remains a matter before the courts.
“However, there are many questions to answer about this case. Why were allegations of failing to make tax returns on what amounted to a part time wage heard before a non-jury court.
“There were also unprecedented levels of prejudicial commentary in the media and by the establishment parties relating to the case.
“In stark contrast former Fine Gael Minister Michael Lowry’s case is not being heard before a non-jury court.
“Former Fine Gael leader Michael Noonan was never brought before any court for his party’s failure to file tax returns and David Drumm, who faces multiple charges involving billions of euro, will quite rightly not have his case heard before a non-jury court.”