Howie Carr: Boston Surprised by Gerry Adams' Arrest

Monday, 05 May 2014 06:49 PM

By Courtney Coren

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Everyone in Boston was surprised by the arrest of Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams for a 1972 murder, says Howie Carr, a Boston Herald columnist and radio host.

"He has a pretty good reputation around here, he spent a lot of time here over the years and he's pretty good friends with the former Mayor Ray Flynn, and everybody around here was sort of surprised," Carr told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"But on the other hand, the actual evidence against him came from these two now-deceased members of the provisional wing of the Irish Republican Army, who had given interviews to researchers from Boston College. This was the evidence that the authorities used in Ulster to bring him in and question him for 92 hours," Carr said Monday.

Adams was arrested Wednesday in the murder of Jean McConville, in which Adams claims innocence. He was released Sunday.

Adams was the head of Sinn Fein, the political wing of the IRA, but has repeatedly denied that he was ever a member of the IRA, which has taken responsibility for the McConville murder.

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Carr said he has a hard time believing that the two deceased men, whose interviews police used to form their allegations, were lying.

"I don't really know why they would lie, and there's always been a lot of speculation that Gerry Adams was a lot more involved in the sort of the wet work, if you will, of the Irish Republican Army, than he let on," Carr explained.

Carr also addressed the latest push to increase the minimum wage, saying it shows a lack of understanding most people have about basic entry-level jobs.

"One of the best lessons of the minimum wage is I don't want to have this job forever, right?" Carr told Newsmax. "I want to learn how to make the profits."

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