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Gerry Adams is not the real victim here

(Suzanne Breen, Sunday Life)

You would think by the way Sinn Féin is carrying on that Gerry Adams was being held in Guantanamo Bay.

Seething statements from senior party figures threatening all sorts of repercussions, street protests, and new murals honouring the great "leader, peacemaker and visionary". Is this Northern Ireland or North Korea?

Even republican grassroots must wonder. The Sinn Féin president was in custody less than 48 hours when the mural appeared.

Martin Corey spent four years in Maghaberry prison without charge, and Marian Price was two years in solitary confinement, without any such shenanigans from Sinn Féin. Some republicans must be more equal than others.

To unveil a mural to Gerry Adams a few hundred yards from where Jean McConville was abducted is utterly insensitive.

But then again what we're being encouraged to believe is that it's not the mother of ten snatched from her screaming children, shot in the head, and buried like a dog who is the victim. No, the real victim is Gerry.

There have been many state injustices here over the years but the Sinn Féin president's arrest isn't one of them. It's only odd that he wasn't questioned about this murder years ago.

No grand conspiracy is underway. Martin McGuinness's far-fetched tale of the "dark side" in the security forces colluding with "malicious republicans" is ludicrous.

Indeed the "dark side", in the shape of the intelligence services, have kept Sinn Féin leaders safe for decades.

The PSNI is simply following the evidential trial in a high-profile murder which has returned to the spotlight.

Why isn't Martin McGuinness standing shoulder-to-shoulder with Matt Baggott on Jean McConville as he stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Hugh Orde on Massereene?

Sinn Féin called for information to be given to the cops after the murders of police officers Stephen Carroll and Ronan Kerr.

Yet Falls Road graffiti brands those republicans who have disclosed information on Jean McConville's murder as "touts"? Aren't they just following Sinn Féin policy?

McGuinness's warning that the party would review its support for the police were Adams charged gives the game away.

Sinn Féin seems to want an updated version of the old boys' network where everybody can be arrested bar them.

Nobody should be untouchable and McGuinness's warning must be ignored. He's only scaremongering. And a political process which unravelled so easily wouldn't be worth saving anyway.

May 6, 2014

This article appeared in the May 4, 2014 edition of the Sunday Life.

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