Monday, 11 January 2010

Controversy dogging politics

THEY’RE not going away you know! No, not the Provos – rather controversies. Liam Adams is already an albatross like presence for brother Sinn Féin supremo Gerry.

Whether Liam ever faces extradition or prosecution is still very much up in the air.

That his alleged offences occurred at a time when child protection regulations were in the process of being strengthened is a moot point. In the wake of the McElhill and O’Neill tragedies, the already increasingly robust vetting and checking system is set to get even stronger.

The Assembly’s Health Committee (yes there has been some real work going on up there!) has agreed that an investigation into the systems and agencies around the McElhill case should take place.

That means the review of vetting by the NI Children’s Commissioner, the Toner review of the McElhill case, increased scrutiny of the Roman Catholic Church, and several pieces of legislation will be further complemented and Northern Ireland will have some of the most comprehensive child protection legislation and policies in Europe.

Which is more than can be said of Sinn Féin record keeping on where and when Liam Adams was actually involved in the party?

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