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Sunday 16 December 2018

Editorial: Like all others Adams must face scrutiny

We will not be silenced in our attempts to uncover and disclose Gerry Adams' past. Every other political leader in this campaign has come under scrutiny and Mr Adams is no different.

His solicitor's letter to us shows that Mr Adams is sensitive to public criticism - a weakness of which other political leaders here cannot stand accused.

It was Adams' decision to put himself forward for election to the Dáil. It is only proper that as a candidate his past should come under examination and fair comment.

He may well dislike a younger generation being reminded of the atrocities committed in the past - like the abduction and brutal murder of Jean McConville - but he cannot claim to be entitled to a 'let sleeping dogs lie' treatment while seeking public office.

As a campaigning newspaper it is our duty to uncover the truth and support the victimised. We will continue to do so - despite the Sinn Fein leader's bully boy tactics.

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