A republican who branded Catholic judges in Northern Ireland “traitors” to be dealt with as “collaborators” did not intend to threaten anyone, a representative for him said.
Gerry McGeough, who was convicted in 2011 for his role in the attempted murder of a part-time UDR member in Co Tyrone, made his ‘traitor’ remarks while being interviewed on an Irish-American radio show at the weekend.
McGeough told Martin Galvin of WBAI radio in New York City that Catholic judges and prosecutors were “arrogantly passing judgment on patriots,” and added: “So you have Irish Catholics, traitors in effect, administering British rule here in the six counties. We want [the English] out and then we will deal with all these other issues...the collaborators and all the rest of it.”
Speaking on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talklback programme on Thursday, Martin Galvin said he had spoken with McGeough about the perceived threat in the comments and that McGeough was happy for him to clarify the position.
“I am trying to clarify those remarks, that there was no threat intended. He is against them politically.
“Perhaps it was improperly put, or perhaps taken out of context, but it’s not what Mr McGeough intended,” he said.
“I would accept that the exact language in that 20 minute interview – that particular line – I’m sure that he would rephrase that if given the opportunity,” Mr Galvin added.
The chairman of the NI Bar Council, Gerry McAlinden QC described the comments as “sinister,” and added: “Any attempt to intimidate members of the judiciary or members of the legal profession engaged in prosecution work is to be deplored by all right thinking members of society.”
The News Letter has been unable to make contact with Mr McGeough, however, his wife Maria said he was away from home at present but is due back on Saturday.