McCabe controversy re-ignites

Following a RTE document about the murder of Garda Jerry McCabe, comments by Gerry Adams (sub reqd) and Martin Ferris have re-ignited the McCabe controversy. Gerry Adams has revealed the use of force had been “authorised” but not at the highest level. Martin Ferris would not condemn the killing, rejected describing those responsible as criminals and said he would not help the Garda track down IRA members still wanted for the crime.
PD Senator John Minihan has called on Gerry Adams to name the IRA member who authorised the use fo force.

Irish Defence Minister and Limerick East TD, Willie O’Dea, rounded on the Kerry TD saying:

“Martin Ferris has given us the Sinn Féin definition of justice….Sinn Féin has forfeited the right to talk about justice.”

“…it seemed the only circumstances where Sinn Fein was against crime was when it was being committed by someone who did not support the party and where it did not require its members to support the gardai.”

He added:

“Since the signing of the Good Friday agreement, we have waited for Sinn Fein to finally decide if it is a political party or just a political wing. Martin Ferris now makes it clear that they barely even qualify as a political wing,”

Martin Ferris seems to say people providing information to the police about criminal activity victimises :

“I have been a victim of a person who informed on me. I would never betray that loyalty to an organisation to which I once belonged.”

The renewed controversy and unwillingness to co-operate with the Garda brings fresh focus on DUP concerns about achieveing genuine support for policing from Sinn Fein.

  • Daisy

    Hardly surprising. SF condemns only when it’s politically expedient (and safe) for them to do so.

    Their opponents will, of course, make hay from this for as long as possible.

    It won’t affect their vote much; if you vote SF you’ve already cleared it with your conscience.

  • bootman

    Some people have a strange definition of “news”

  • Cork Conor

    The RTE programme about the killing of Garda Jerry McCabe by IRA men served to highlight the extent to which Gerry Adams regards the Irish people with contempt. “Ourselves Alone” is a good name in deed for Gerry’s party…; it suits them perfectly!

  • willis

    Bootman

    Why what is your definition?

  • Keith M

    And this is a party that aspires to be in government?

    Ferris is this country’s equivalent of Mitchell McLaughlin in N.I., only opening his mouth long enough to change feet. Famously on Q+A he described armed bank robberies as SF/IRA “fundraising”. Obviously all the Armani suits and media courses can’t hide everything.

  • Steve

    This shows that sinn fein are in no better postion or even preparing to become a democrat party. These people are not fit for government, and its sad that the majority of catholics endorse and support this kind of behaviour

  • True Irish Republican

    It’s only the stupid republicans who can’t see that the IRA is just a treasonous self-serving organisation in Ireland. Ireland has one army and it doesn’t steal the money fellow country men or kill Garda officers.

    For true Irish republicans there’s only one Óglaigh na hÉireann. For all the rest there’s the Garda killing IRA.

  • pid
  • Rory

    I always understood that IRA standing orders expressly forbade firing upon members of the Gardai and that therefore whoever ordered the action would be liable to IRA court-martial.

    However I am not in a position to know and perhaps anyway IRA courts-martial follow the current practice of British Army courts-martial in attaching no blame to soldiers who murder others in clear disregard of standing orders.

    But whatever of that it would of course be unthinkable for a former IRA man to give testiony against a comrade to an alien system of justice, which, by definition of the IRA constitution, the RoI system remains.

    No agreement was ever made on such matters and it is disingenuous of the TD and the senator to raise the matter knowing full well that nothing can come of their high moral dudgeon but more hot air.

  • There is no greater loyalty than that shown to a discredited, heavily infiltrated organisation. One imagines that Mr Ferris’ stance makes him feel better in the present climate…

  • Henry94

    I suppose there isn’t much chance of a calm discussion on this subject.

    I for one value the influence SF leaders have on the IRA and I’m very happy with how they have used it to advance peace. What they have achieved execeeds my wildest expectations and hopes.

    When it comes to republican theology and what they can say and can’t say then I’m inclined to give them a bit of trust.

    I think they have earned it.

  • Sean

    The idea of IRA standing orders is a joke. They are only interested in ooking out for themselves and comments by Martin ferris show this. Those who treasonously steal the title of Óglaigh na hÉireann are self-delusional. Nothing about Irish Republicanism justifies what SF and the IRA have done.

  • Alan

    On the one hand ( from another thread )

    “Hence the necessary demand of Sinn Fein that the police show themselves free from corruption and collusion with loyalist murder gangs and that the police service be patently accountable and open to searching scrutiny.”

    And on the other hand –

    Hence the necessary demand of the people of Ireland that SF show themselves free from corruption and collusion with IRA murder gangs and that SF be patently accountable and open to searching scrutiny.

  • For true Irish republicans there’s only one Óglaigh na hÉireann

    I agree and it’s not an army that stood at the British imposed border while Nationalists in the North were being burned out of their homes by Loyalist mobs.

    It’s not an army that thought it more acceptable to peacekeep in other countries while 6 of this countries counties were under foreign rule.

    The 26 county army should take a look back at history and see what Oglagigh na hÉireann was established for.

    It wasn’t to man a post in the Lebanon

  • Cork Conor

    Henry94

    Why, when they steal from their fellow country men, kill their fellow country men, shoot dead Garda officers and steal the name of the national army, would anyone believe the IRA are worthy of support or trust?

    The word sycophantcomes to mind!

  • Shore Road Resident

    Let us all take a moment to remind ourselves that the only thing oppressing Chris Gaskin is gravity.

  • SRR

    When did I say I was being oppressed?

  • Yokel

    SRR you forget that gravity has greater apparent (if not in reality) force on a lighter object ….such as an argument.

    Rory at 9, bless ya…so basically you point out that they are much the same as the Brits, which is quite ironic on one level since so many of them were working for them. Also I thought the idea was that the cause was noble thus you shouldn’t reduce yerselves to that level?

    But then again copycating of things, including standards, is endemic amongst the modern soldiers of the modern republican movement. Wasn’t this the movement that took the ribbon symbol much beloved of many charities and made it green and into a political tool? If they had an original idea in their heads I’d take Gerry and his friends much more warranting of respect..god not even the human bomb idea was theirs… this wing of the modern republican mnovement has been reduced to a mere set of copycats and mimics. Sad really, very sad indeed.

  • Mick Fealty

    SRR, BALL please! The last thing we need is for this to turn into a slagging match!!

  • harpo

    ‘I suppose there isn’t much chance of a calm discussion on this subject.’

    Henry94:

    Now that you have decided to add your thoughts to the mix, I dare say you are quite correct.

    ‘I for one value the influence SF leaders have on the IRA’

    There we go – evidence to support your claim that there isn’t much chance of a calm discussion on this subject. Many PSF leaders are part of the PIRA.

    This is just more of the ‘Sinn Fein leaders should be thanked for getting their armed wing to stop killing people’ nonsense. Excuse me if I don’t join in. I reserve my thanks for those who took the principled stand of being against killing people all along – people like the SDLP.

    I don’t have any thanks to offer those who cheered on mass murder by the PIRA, and then think they are owed something for using the tactic of getting the PIRA to stop engaging in mass murder.

  • About 10 years ago, I saw an In Memorium notice in the Indo isnerted by the family of some Branch man “cruelly murdered in the line of duty by IRA scum” or some such. Some Republican friends were amazed his family still held on and hated them; they were on their way to a Charlie Kearns commemoration, if I recall.
    Most people soon forget. After Enniskillen (I think), angry crowds converged on SF’s Dublin HQ and the Gardai had to restrain them. Today, SF speak of getting into government.
    How long before Ferris gets the TD’s pension from the alien Free Staters?

  • Cork Conor

    ..I would never betray that loyalty to an organisation to which I once belonged…”

    OURSELVES ALONE eh Martin? It’s clear for all for all to see where your loyalities lie

    Does the ‘P’ in PIRA stand for pathetic?

    Surely they should now be called ‘TIRA’? The ‘T’ standing for ‘treasonous’!

  • Garibaldy

    Chris,

    Surely your denial of the legitimacy of the Dublin government’s forces goes against PSF party policy, particularly after PSF attendance at the Easter Parade?

    Oh, and are you saying that the Irish should not use their influence to promote peace throughout the world?

  • harpo

    ‘Some Republican friends were amazed his family still held on and hated them’
    Taigs:

    That’s the odd thing about IRs. They don’t seem to get it. That others are as entitled to see themselves as victims as they are. To IRs there was a war on, and so anyone who suffers as a result of that war should just ignore what happened and write it of as the fortunes of war. Supposedly it wasn’t anything personal, just stuff that happens in war.

    Of course on the other hand, every IR who suffered in this war gets personal attention from other IRs, whether they were killed by the enemy, blew themselves up while on duty, or starved themselves to death. Each and every ‘soldier’ merits personal attention, while the other side is expected to forgive and forget. The fortunes of wear thing is forgotten, and there are constant calls for investigations, inquires and the search for truth. Somehow the ‘but there was a war on’ theory is dismissed in those cases.

  • We have Ó na hÉ (the PIRA). We have Ó na hÉ (the CIRA). We have Ó na hÉ (the breakaway of the CIRA highlighted by the IMC). We have Ó na hÉ (the RIRA).

    And then of course we have the Ó na hÉ which is the official armed force of the democratic sovereign state of Ireland, otherwise known as the Irish Defence Forces. The same army as recognised by the international community and which works with the UN. The same army which has the democratic endorsement of the people of Ireland by virtue of having derived its authority from the democratic government of Ireland. And the same army whose title Óglaigh na hÉireann is enshrined in legislation.

    In this meleé, it can clearly be seen which one has the most legitimacy.

  • Maura

    The timing of the RTE show about Garda Mc Cabe was not just to do with the 10 year anniversary of his death. Watch this topic being beaten to death for the next year or until a general election is called. Ferris’ seat in North Kerry is very much coveted by both Labour and Fianna Fail. This will become a political football AGAIN- a cynical form of politics in my opinion. Look the fact is that the government were prepared to release the men responsible, until they recognised the political weight of this issue.

    As to Martin Ferris, he has done stellar work in Tralee and surrounding areas since his election to the Dail, as has his daughter Toireasa in Tralee council.
    Why wouldn’t Ferris be loyal to his comrades? He is an unapologetic Republican through and through.

  • Garibaldy

    Maura,

    Perhaps because the Provos denied this had anything to do with them people thought. Isn’t the penalty for using weapons for personal gain supposed to be death?

    And as for the little dynasty he’s building down there. This shows just how much PSF are conforming to political norms down below. They have achieved the not very remarkable trick of combining the constitutive elements of both Fianna Fáil and Thatcherism.

  • Maura-

    “Why wouldn’t Ferris be loyal to his comrades? He is an unapologetic Republican through and through.

    Because they killed someone.

    And what has republicanism got to do with it? Are you suggesting that republicans ought not to assist in the enforcement of law and order? If so, that is a slur on republicanism which true Republicans (who have the well-being of all of Ireland’s citizens at heart) will resent.

    This continued double-standardry whereby provisonal ‘republicans’ demand justice when it suits them, but then close ranks when one of their own has perpetrated a crime (which they bizarrely decide isn’t a crime) displays a high level of moral abandonement and irresponsibility.

    True republicans demand justice and equality for all. Is that too much to ask?

  • lib2016

    I didn’t see the programme but I did hear an interview with Garda McCabe’s widow. For the first time she seems to understand that closure has to come sometime, for her own sake if for no other reason.

    Decent candidates are coming through in Sinn Fein and Ferris is well established. If these attacks continue they will strengthen republicans rather than otherwise.

    O’Dea in particular is very keen to keep Sinn Fein out of the Limerick estates where he is one of the few candidates still able to visit. Labour has lost that battle long ago and is splitting locally itself.

  • Surely your denial of the legitimacy of the Dublin government’s forces goes against PSF party policy

    Where have I done that?

    I recognise the 26 county Army as the legitimate army of the 26 counties. I do however not recognise said army as Oglaigh na hÉireann because it isn’t.

    Hope this helps ease your confusion

  • Gee. Angela’s Ashes sounds nice. One lot play rugby and a bit of hurling. The other get in drug gang fights and vote SF.

  • Garibaldy

    Fair enough Chris. It’s just that if the Irish Defence Forces call themselves the Oglaigh, and PSF recognises them as legitimate, then PSF recognises two separate organisations as the legitimate Oglaigh. That’s why I asked.

  • Garibaldy

    lib2016,

    I think you’re right that the targetting of Ferris has backfired in the past. I was told by a member of another political party that there was an understanding aimed at keeping him out amongst the other parties. However his arrest on punishment beating charges and the media attacks on him probably made him more popular.

  • lib2016

    Garibaldy,

    I don’t agree with vigilanteeism, but then I also don’t agree with what the scourge of drugs is doing to both to a huge number of individuals but also to society generally.

    Sinn Fein support, contrary to what ‘Taigs’ seems to be insinuating is largely from the decent people trapped on the estates who are desperate for a way of fighting back against the drug dealers and all the other petty criminals.

    There are no easy answers but I have heard Labour supporters speak approvingly of the fact that Sinn Fein is mobilising against the druggies. If my neighbour was dealing in crack or harassing my children I could well see me welcoming activists like Ferris. Stuff the nobility when it comes to my nearest and dearest.

  • Garibaldy

    lib2016,

    It’s certainly an issue that has proved effective for the provos in the past. Although it is a double edged sword. For example, their councillor in Derry who led their anti-drugs crusade who was arrested in possession of drugs. There’s enough rumours and counter-rumours of involvement/licensing of drug dealers that it’s very complex.

    The other problem is of course that things like this will ultimately hurt their chances of growth in the petit bourgeois and bourgeois areas they are targetting with people like Mary Lou. So I wouldn’t expect drugs to be too big a deal in their future actions and campaigns.

  • Maura

    El Matador:
    ‘This continued double-standardry whereby provisonal ‘republicans’ demand justice when it suits them, but then close ranks when one of their own has perpetrated a crime (which they bizarrely decide isn’t a crime) displays a high level of moral abandonement and irresponsibility.

    True republicans demand justice and equality for all. Is that too much to ask? ‘

    No, it is not too much to ask and the men responsible are serving their time. How much more is needed?
    The fact that this keeps on going points to the cynical use of this by those trying to unseat Martin Ferris. The Labour Party in Kerry have never gotten over the fact that Dick Spring lost his seat largely due to Ferris.
    Is it too much to ask that Fianna Fail and Labour address the problems facing Tralee/ North Kerry and try to win back the seat in a less cynical fashion. Martin Ferris did not kill Mc Cabe, nor did his daughter.

    Gariblady: ‘I think you’re right that the targetting of Ferris has backfired in the past. I was told by a member of another political party that there was an understanding aimed at keeping him out amongst the other parties. However his arrest on punishment beating charges and the media attacks on him probably made him more popular.’

    Ferris is hugely popular in the immediate Tralee area. The trick is that the most Northern part of the constituency is in close proximity to the ‘scene of the crime’ and I suspect this is where these cynical politics will play out. Ferris’ arrest on punishment beatings, the continuous victimisation of his election agent James Sheehan did make him more popular in a town with housing estates plagued by drugs. Labour and Fianna Fail are desperate to take this seat off Ferris, and if Mc Cabe is going to be their election issue, it is the epitome of cynical politics.

  • Rory

    Yokel, the wearing of ribbons to denote support for political organisations long precedes any usage by charities to invite support for their concerns.

    Remember the old folk song “All around ny hat” which alternatively goes “I will wear the green ribbon o/willow” or have you never seen John Ford’s great epic western “She Wore a Yellow Ribbon”? I recommend it. Sublime, elegaic.I will pass over Mr Tony Christie’s hit “Tie a Yellow Ribbon (round the old oak tree)” in order to avoid injuring more refined sensibilities.

  • Garibaldy

    I suspect if Ferris does lose his seat – which I doubt – it would be because basically the Provos in the Dáil have been rubbish, not making much of an impact at all. Other parties with similar numbers have and do punch above their weight much more effectively.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    ‘True republicans demand justice and equality for all. Is that too much to ask?’

    SDLP in true republicans shocker!

  • Maura

    From Daisy very early on: ‘Hardly surprising. SF condemns only when it’s politically expedient (and safe) for them to do so. ‘

    And they are the only party concerned with political expediency?
    I think that the fact that the Garda Mc Cabe ghost is still being played out by 1- a Fianna Fail party in trouble( according to the polls) and 2- a Labour party still scorned by losing the seat to Ferris in the first place, is the height of political expediency, don’t you agree?

    Clearly all parties are politically expedient, but this is the politics of cynicism. Again, Martin Ferris (nor his daughter) killed Garda Mc Cabe. The men involved in the incident are serving time.
    This is obviously NOT about justice- the men were tried and sentenced, justice served! It is just politically expedient/cynical move by parties looking for a seat in North Kerry.

  • Keith M

    Maura : “And they (SF/IRA) are the only party concerned with political expediency?” No, but they are the only group who were innvolved in this murder, the only group who tried to intimidate witnesses at the trial and the only group that are not prepared to condemn the cold blooded killing of a member of this country’s defence force going about his duty.

    If is these key issues and not Ferris’ seat that bring this story back into the news, and any attempt to divert attentioon from that is simply nonsense.

    My family has a holiday home in the constituency and I can assure you that there is no chance of FF picking up a second seat here, and FF are fully aware of it.

    You may succeed in fooling some of the people on this thread, but you don’t fool me. Feris is a liability to SF/IRA in the Dail, being a convicted terrorist and a reminder of SF/IRA’s recent history. The SF/IRA leadership are trying to reduce the profile of people like Ferris and promote people like Mary-Lou McDonald who are media savvy (and not prone to Ferris’s gaffes) and don’t have blood on their hands.

  • Big Dave

    Obviously a republican bias in the moderators here, seing as how quickly posts from those of us who despise republicanism are deleted.

  • Pete Baker

    The post was removed because, as well as the attempted impersonation, you ignored the Commenting Policy on Slugger – Play the ball, not the man

  • Maura

    ‘You may succeed in fooling some of the people on this thread, but you don’t fool me. Feris is a liability to SF/IRA in the Dail, being a convicted terrorist and a reminder of SF/IRA’s recent history. The SF/IRA leadership are trying to reduce the profile of people like Ferris and promote people like Mary-Lou McDonald who are media savvy (and not prone to Ferris’s gaffes) and don’t have blood on their hands. ‘

    Ferris is a liability? Ferris IS part of Sinn Fein leadership, for goodness sake.
    He was elected after he served his time for the Marita Anne, obviously the voters in the constituency have no problem with that. In fact, to many, particularly in the Tralee-Fenit-Churchill-Ardfert area he is an ICON. He has worked very well and been very effective for fishermen in the area, he has gained substantial support for his anti-drug anti-social behaviour campaign.
    I will admit that Mary-Lou is definately more politically savvy, but don’t underestimate Ferris. He is no more or no less savvy than the majority of politicians in Ireland.

  • harpo

    ‘In this meleé, it can clearly be seen which one has the most legitimacy.’

    El:

    Well put. Exactly right. There is the proper legitimate version and then various bunches of fanatics who continually engage in arguments about some old guy (who is now dead) who blessed their particular brand of ONH based on him being a member of some Dail. Supposeldy making them and only them legitimate and everyone else pretenders.

    In the meantime the Irish state has moved on from this nonsense and is now a confident successful country. But these foolish bunches of fanatics want to take everyone back to the 1916-1919 period and establish what they see as the way things should be. It’s all a big joke. The sad thing is that so many people are drawn into this fanaticism, either directly by carrying out violence, or indirectly by supporting it. Like many of the posters on here who tell us that these fanatics who killed hundreds of people should be trusted.

  • harpo

    ‘I recognise the 26 county Army as the legitimate army of the 26 counties. I do however not recognise said army as Oglaigh na hÉireann because it isn’t.’

    Chris:

    Who do you recognize as the legitimate government of the island of Ireland, or all 32 counties, or the Irish nation, or whatever else you want to call it? I’m talking about the entity that the guys in 1916 made the proclamation about, and that the 1st and 2nd Dails claimed to govern.

    What organization do you recognize as being the legitimate government of that entity?

    I have heard this claim that you make about the 26 county army before, but it is meaningless. You may think that people will be fooled by the implication that this means you see the 26 county entity as being legitimate, but isn’t your real argument that while the 26 county army is the legitimate army of the 26 county entity, that the 26 county entity is not legitimate when it comes to claims about it being the government of the Irish nation?

  • harpo

    ‘It’s just that if the Irish Defence Forces call themselves the Oglaigh, and PSF recognises them as legitimate, then PSF recognises two separate organisations as the legitimate Oglaigh.’

    Garibaldy:

    I think that the position of Chris will be that while they are the Oglaigh of the 26 county entity, they aren’t the Oglaigh of the 32 county entity as proclaimed in 1916. And to Irish Republicans the latter is the important thing. To them there is only one real entity – the 32 county entity proclaimed in 1916. To them NI and the ROI are not legitimate.

    You’ll never hear a Provo say that the 26 county entity is legitimate (because they don’t think it is), but given that it (the 26 county entity) exists they will say that any state body is the legitimate body of the 26 county entity. By default though that means that each of these bodies is not legitimate in the eyes of IRs.

    Long story short – in the opinion of IRs, the ROI army is the legitimate army of the ROI, but it isn’t the army of the only entity that IRs recognize and are loyal to.

    They let this all slip from time to time when directly questioned about it, but most of the time they play with words to avoid the direct issue.

    Good interviewers should ask them if they consider the 26 county entity to be legitimate, and if they accept that the 26 county entity and its bodies command the loyalty of Provisionals. if the answers are ‘no’ then it has to be asked to whom they are loyal.

  • Turbo Paul

    Martin Ferris is appealing to hardline, rank and file Republicans who have had to endure exposures of Scap, DD and allegations against McG.

    Martin Ferris is trying to keep some sense of order within the rank and file of Republicanism by demonstrating Sinn Fein leadership can still retain loyalty to IRA soldiers.

    If accepting policing and condeming military history is wanted by the public, it will get it when the time is right for Sinn Fein.

    For Republicans, accepting Policing and condemming the McCabe killing at this time would be like “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”

    I am sure as we get nearer the elections next year the official Sinn Fein line on these subjects will be less hostile, for public consumtion.

    Martin Ferris seems to be emerging as the natural spokesperson for Irish Republicanism during these dark days of suspicion towards the current Sinn Fein leadership.

  • harpo

    ‘Martin Ferris is trying to keep some sense of order within the rank and file of Republicanism by demonstrating Sinn Fein leadership can still retain loyalty to IRA soldiers.’

    You forgot to add ‘*some conditions apply. May not be available in all areas.’

    All this guff from Ferris may play well with the IR supporting locals where ever the McCabe killers are from, but in other areas this ‘loyalty’ you speak of doesn’t apply. Like those 4 who are on the run after failing to turn up to face the charges resulting from the Tohill case. In that instance, leading PSF members called on them to hand themselves in to the British authorities.

    Has Ferris said anything about them? Has he contradicted the calls by other PSF leaders in order to show his loyalty to the ‘soldiers’?

    As usual we see a nonsense theory invented as if that makes it true. Like every other one of their supposed principles, the PSF/PIRA leadership will do whatever they want, whenever they want, even if that means taking contradictory positions within weeks or months. So there is support for one set of these ‘soldiers’ while another set is not supported and told to hand themselves in.

    The ‘soldiers’ are pawns in all of this. Always were and always will be. Some will be supported, some will be abandoned.

    ‘and condeming military history’

    How is needlessly emptying a magazine into a cop during a bank raid ‘military history’ exactly?

  • Glen Taisie

    Adams claimed that none of the gang would benefit from the proceeds of the robbery.

    So was the robbery for the IRA whohad just recommenced their bombing campaign of civilian city centres in Britain.

    Or was the money to fund the 1997 General Election campaign in the twenty six counties for Sinn Fein.

    ADAMS KNEW !!!!!

  • Cork Conor

    The Provos represent a dirty and embarrassing side of Irish Republicanism which, in my opinion and the opinion of many true Irish Republicans, is a self-obsessed and short sighted one. The Provo view of Irish Unity begins and ends with removing the border in the belief that, there after, everything in the garden will be rosy! Their limited understanding of what it means to unite C, P & D is only matched by the chillingly cold blooded manner with which they treat human life. The Provo mentality is guided purely by expediency rather than any sound moral principle.

    South Armagh sycophants may be able to live with this but the rest of the country, in deed the rest of the world, sees them for what they are.., gangsters who have only served to discredit the cause and the country for which they claim allegiance.

    SDLP/FF shine the light for others to follow – ‘Tiocfaidh Ar La!

  • Jesus Christ

    http://www.rte.ie/news/2007/0123/ira.html

    This Cork man, up for laundering Northern Bank robbery money and IRA membership (that is Sinn Fein Gerry Adams IRA) obviously thinks the murder of Jerry McCabe was a big joke. Let’s hope, if found guilty, he gets to spend time with the killers and that the key is thrown away. Of coourse, some would say that this Michael Stone figure is a budding stand up comedian and he should get a government grant.

    “The court was also told that Mr Bullman was attending a catering exhibition in the RDS in Dublin. A name tag with the name Jerry McCabe, Catering Officer, Garda Club, was also found in the jeep.

    Mr Bullman told the gardaí this was a joke.

    Prosecuting counsel, George Bermingham, said it was a joke in very dubious taste as Detective Garda Jerry McCabe had been shot dead by the IRA in Adare in 1996.”