Slab Murphy and the lessons of Bertie

Slab Murphy and the lessons of Bertie

Not everyone cares about Sinn Féin’s violent past

Thomas “Slab” Murphy is to Gerry Adams in this general election campaign what “dig-outs” were to Bertie Ahern in the 2007 run-up: the elephant in the room.

Adams’s description of the tax dodger Murphy – a man who previously failed in a libel action against a newspaper that outlined his detailed IRA involvement in many crimes – as a “good republican” is a soundbite likely to be as remembered as Eamon Gilmore’s famous “Labour’s way or...

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