‘Slab’ case shows need to respect Rule of Law
Mr Eastwood said:
“The support and acceptance of the independent judiciary is a keystone of democracy and the rule of law and all parties must accept today's sentencing from the court.
“It is not acceptable for some to seek to give Mr Murphy, a convicted criminal, political cover. It’s also inaccurate to describe him as a ‘good republican’. Depriving the Irish state of tax revenue to fund hospitals, schools or jobs is not a republican value. A good republican lives up to their obligations to others, they do not seek to evade their responsibilities in the pursuit of personal greed.
“Every party leader must be clear – the rule of law applies to every citizen equally. It doesn’t matter if you’re friends with Gerry Adams; everyone is subject to the law without exception. That is a founding principle of any republic. “Any attempt to undermine the judgment of the court for political purposes is a dangerous precedent and would prove a party unfit to govern fairly.”