Kelly equates Liam Adams question with his own paramilitary background…

My analysis on Robinson shortly. First, I’ve just heard an extraordinary attempt by Gerry Kelly to side step a question about whether he was in the poor place criticising Peter Robinson given the allegations surrounding Gerry Adams and his protection of a brother he believed guilty of child abuse.

He tried to shift the subject other people’s obsession with his own paramilitary background (a rather unwise choice of consonance), the interview petered out shortly afterwards…

If the BBC can put this effort into taking down the First Minister, it can surely assemble the necessary journalistic resources to thoroughly investigate the Sinn Fein President’s dirty backyard?

Kelly also revealed that Adams was privy to a meeting between McGuinness and Robinson that he, as junior minister, should have been at…

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  • willis

    Mick

    “If the BBC can put this effort into taking down the First Minister, it can surely assemble the necessary journalistic resources to thoroughly investigate the Sinn Fein President’s dirty backyard”

    I would suggest that anyone in Sinn Fein who delivered the goods like Selwyn Black might be looking forward to a short retirement.

  • iluvni

    Have the standards in Public Life Committee been asked to investigate the conduct of Gerry Adams MP with regard to the allegations surrounding his brother?

  • Stunning_Steve

    Remind me not to text Selwyn Black anything.

  • Too many with a paedophile bent to protect and keep hidden from wider view and general knowledge for that to go any great distance, Mick, and some might say especially so with the BBC and media.

  • Mick Fealty

    Fair point… But the Liam Adams story is not just about political insiders… there are questions of serious public security…

  • Paul

    I think if peter robinson goes which I think he will have to then.I really give up and depair than a Man like gerry adams can stay in his position given his blantant public untruths concerning the appalling child abuse case scandal.I simply cannot understand it makes feel pyhiscally sick that robinson is being hounded while adams is being left alone for god sake surely its time the spotligh was equally put on gerry adams and his blantant untruths hes not the only one what about arthr morgans accounts.I live in despair that the media apart from the sunday tribune have being treading on egg shells with regards the sinners and gerry adams its time they did there job.Its time for gerry adams to face the music its also time for gerry adams and other in the sinners to be held to account its time adams resigned now in the name of god.

  • Sam Semple

    Its a good point.

    Ideally the BBC should do a Spotlight on Gerry Adams next week.

  • pinni

    C’mon, everybody knows that neither the BBC nor the Belfast Telegraph have the cojones to tackle SF.

  • abc123

    Everyone should know by now that SF have their people in key positions in the media. The logic was: murder people and then control how it was reported.

  • lorraine

    fair point mick. most of the discussion on adams is confined to the internet: print and tv are largely letting it pass.

    serious questions also need to be directed towards the police and social services as to why a vulnerable child was abandoned and ignored.

    loads of material there for a good spotlight on the dark machinations that go in the background between actors who assume they have control of life and death over the rest of us.

  • Paddy

    http://preview.tinyurl.com/ybxky4y

    Here’s a video recounting what ex Nutting Squad member Liam paid for “Irish freedom” and the freedom to do what he wanted to his daughter. I guess Gerry Kelly would be applauded by PIRA (Pedo RA)for going in to but for Gerry A when Beardy is making himself scarce.

    Suffer the children.

  • John O’Connell

    Paddy

    Good video. It is terrifying reminder of the knid of man we are dealing with in Liam Adams. Gerry Adams’ handling of this matter warrants an investigation if not a resignation.

  • Is it me or what!

    SDLP man in court over sex charges
    0 Comments | News Letter (Belfast, Northern Ireland), The, May 22, 1999
    A LEGAL bid is to be made in the Crown Court to have charges of rape and indecent assault against a Newry SDLP councillor thrown out.
    The disclosure was made in Newry Crown Court yesterday when Michael Cunningham, 50, of Ballymaderfy Road, Kilkeel, made a second appearance before Judge Randal McKay.
    Cunningham, who sits on Newry and Mourne Council, faces 17 allegations

    UK: Northern Ireland November 1999

    Former councillor jailed on sex charges

    Newry Court: SDLP councillor admitted guilt

    A former district councillor in County Down has been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls up to 20 years ago.
    A Crown Court in Newry heard that former Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) councillor Michael Cunningham from Kilkeel first assaulted the girls when they were nine years old.
    Cunningham continued assaulting one of them frequently and in various locations until she was 14 years old.
    One of the girls reported the offences two years ago when she discovered Cunningham was driving a school bus and was on a school board of governors

    Michael Cunningham : A school governor
    A defence lawyer said Cunningham and his family now faced shame, degradation and humiliation.
    He said he also accepted the hurt he had caused the SDLP, its members and leaders.
    Cunningham was also sentenced to one year on probation and placed on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.
    It was after he was convicted of the offences that Cunningham stepped down as a Newry and Mourne councillor.

    UK: Northern Ireland

    SDLP defends position over abuse councillor

    Newry Court: SDLP councillor admitted guilt

    Northern Ireland’s Social Democratic and Labour Party has dismissed accusations that it has been cavalier and complacent in dealing with the issue of child sex abuse.
    It follows the resignation from the party of an SDLP district councillor after his conviction on 13 charges of sexually abusing two young girls.

    Michael Cunningham – admitted guilt
    Michael Cunningham also stepped down as a Newry and Mourne councillor.
    Belfast’s Rape Crisis Centre had accused the SDLP of not acting swiftly enough to remove Mr Cunningham and called for his immediate expulsion.
    But chief whip Eddie McGrady defended the party saying they had adopted the attitude that a person had to remain innocent until proven guilty.
    “He admitted his guilt and the minute that happened we acted swiftly and immediately and effectively. His resignation was tabled immediately on request”, he said.
    Cunningham faxed details of his resignation from the party to a Belfast newspaper on Wednesday morning.

    Eddie McGrady: We acted swiftly and effectively
    The Irish News reported that Mr Cunningham said his decision was “no way” as a result of the SDLP’s decision to strip him of the party whip on Tuesday night.
    He said the decision was based on concern about his family and that they were “doing well” under the circumstances and “giving me all the support I require”.
    Mr Cunningham was freed on bail pending preparation by the Northern Ireland Probation Service of a pre-sentence report.
    The SDLP demanded Mr Cunningham’s resignation on Tuesday night.
    It said they had taken “immediate action to remove the party whip and access to all party facilities” from Mr Cunningham pending judgement on his case.
    In its statement the SDLP said Mr Cunningham had “pleaded guilty to a number of very serious offences and as such his immediate resignation as an SDLP public representative has been demanded.”

    UK: Northern Ireland

    Former councillor jailed on sex charges

    Newry Court: SDLP councillor admitted guilt

    A former district councillor in County Down has been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually assaulting two young girls up to 20 years ago.
    A Crown Court in Newry heard that former Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) councillor Michael Cunningham from Kilkeel first assaulted the girls when they were nine years old.
    Cunningham continued assaulting one of them frequently and in various locations until she was 14 years old.
    One of the girls reported the offences two years ago when she discovered Cunningham was driving a school bus and was on a school board of governors

    Michael Cunningham : A school governor
    A defence lawyer said Cunningham and his family now faced shame, degradation and humiliation.
    He said he also accepted the hurt he had caused the SDLP, its members and leaders.
    Cunningham was also sentenced to one year on probation and placed on the sex offenders’ register for ten years.
    It was after he was convicted of the offences that Cunningham stepped down as a Newry and Mourne councillor.

  • Peter Fyfe

    Is it me or what

    What’s your point? It is a disgusting story but are you suggesting the SDLP should have acted differently? Are you comparing it to Gerry not reporting his brother who HE BELIEVED was a child abuser?