The incurious nature of Sinn Féin's defence…

More seriously however the Sunday Independent’s editorial launches a few searching questions in Sinn Fein’s direction.

The republican movement has a credibility deficit to overcome, one which it fails to recognise. The public have been asked to accept denials by the Sinn Fein leadership of any IRA role in the £26.5m robbery, and to take that assurance on trust.

However, given the current evidence of ongoing IRA criminality, as outlined by the Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) in its reports, and given the IRA’s own unimpressive past track record for veracity, this is an unacceptable, and quite inadequate, response. In the past, the IRA has denied involvement in events in which, later, they have been forced to acknowledge their role, such as the murder of Det Garda Jerry McCabe, the importation of weapons from Florida, and the whole Colombia affair.

We may have heard this all before, but the credibility gap is a serious question for the party, no matter who poses it, or their motives. It goes on:

Truth is scarcely the hallmark of IRA statements. Except in this instance, curiously, the IRA have not chosen to issue any formal statement of denial through their official spokesman, P O’Neill.

So far the party has simple shooed away the question, but it something that will continue to hand in the air.

But perhaps most seriously it has demonstrated a striking lack of curiousity in providing journalists and others with its own authoritative version of events. The leader notes:

Sinn Fein has not conducted any investigation of its own. And, of course, Gerry Adams will not be advising people to help the PSNI with their inquiries into the bank raid.

  • Oilbhéar Chromaill

    What do you expect from a newspaper whose proprietor has been bought and paid for by the British establishment. What is a knighthood worth these days?

    If it’s a question of credibility, then I hazard a guess that most people would take the efforts of Gerry Adams, currently one of the most popular politicians on this island, and Martin McGuinness ahead of the Sunday Independent to bring about peace in Ireland any day. The SI was always against the peace process because of its partisan view of SF and republicanism and it’s contribution to that process amounted to, what should be charitably termed, a negative value.

  • Davros

    And, of course, Gerry Adams will not be advising people to help the PSNI with their inquiries into the bank raid.

    It’s worth noting that Martin McGuinness didn’t go that far in his Frost Interview.

  • Mick Fealty


    Notwithstanding your observations about the nature of the paper’s consistent political stance, this argument may go to the heart of why this week’s events have seen the blowing away of supporters of the inclusion of all players in the peace process such as Brian Feeney, Fionnuala O’Connor, and Tom McGurk.

    Whatever else drove them to their decisions this week, the party has simply given them nothing to play with!