Speaking about ‘Republican honours’ accorded to his father, who had repeatedly abused children within his own family, Adams’ observed,
“I didn’t want him buried with the tricolour, I think he besmirched it.”
It is impossible to read this statement without reflecting on a succession of IRA funerals which Adams was happy to attend. Thomas Begley, who killed himself in the process of murdering nine Saturday afternoon shoppers on the Shankill Road, clearly did not ‘besmirch’ the tricolour, in Adams’ estimation. He was happy to act as Begley’s pall bearer.
Gerry feels that emotional, physical and sexual abuse of children brings shame on the Republic of Ireland flag whilst murder, maiming, torture and all manner of other crimes all add to its glorious legacy. His hypocrisy is nauseating.