Speaking at the weekend, Gerry Adams called Robert McCartney’s killers cowards. He colleague Martin McGuinness also argued that the IRA’s offer to shot the killers as a mistake. It detracted, he said, from the IRA’s stance that it would not tolerate a cover up. However the McCartneys believe that it’s simply “not good enough for witnesses to issue statements through their solicitors, arguing they should go directly either to the police or the Ombudsman’s team who have the proper investigative skills to establish what happened”.
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