Tuesday, September 27, 2005


Ahern will raise man's murder with Adams

Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is to raise the Dublin murder of Joseph Rafferty with Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams at their next meeting, it emerged today.

Mr Rafferty’s family claim the father-of-one was shot dead by alleged IRA members outside his apartment in West Dublin in April.

They believe Sinn Féin is protecting his killers but the party has condemned the murder and strongly denied any links.

Mr Ahern today met Mr Rafferty’s two sisters, Esther Uzell and Sarah Little along with their local Fianna Fáil councillor Garry Keegan for 45 minutes in Government Buildings.

Mr Keegan said afterwards: "Mr Ahern said he had followed the publicity of the case very carefully over the last number of weeks.

"He said he would definitely bring up the issue at the next meeting with Gerry Adams."

Ms Uzell claimed afterwards that Mr Ahern was disgusted by the murder and assured her of his support.

"I just told him the story from beginning to end of exactly what happened to Joseph and Mr Ahern has given us his full support," she said.

"He was actually disgusted to hear the full story from beginning to end and he has assured us that he will do everything he can."

I hope Mr Ahern keeps his word on this matter. This incident highlights perfectly why Sinn Fein cannot be trusted, regardless of IRA weapons decommissioning.

They are a party engaged in murky dealings and, allegedly, murder.

Irish people should not let them get a stranglehold down here in Ireland's south. The IRA's criminal dealings have affected Dublin and other southern counties. There can be no doubt about that.

They are not to be trusted.


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