Today is the tenth anniversary of the murder of Detective Garda Jerry McCabe by the PIRA at Adare, Co. Limerick on 7th June 1996. Detective Garda McCabe and his colleague - seriously wounded in the attack - were performing escort duty on a post office van when a unit of the Munster 'Brigade' of the PIRA attempted to stage a robbery. The PIRA gunman immediately approached the car in which the two GardaÃ were seated, and fired some eighteen rounds from an AK-47 into the front compartment at close range. Neither of the GardaÃ had time to draw their own weapons. Since that time - and the conviction (for manslaughter) of five PIRA men - Sinn FÃ©in, after initiallly denying that the incident had anything to do with them, have consistently refused to condemn the murder (while expressing 'regret') and members of Sinn FÃ©in at all levels regularly refer to the robbery as either 'a fund raising operation' or 'an armed withdrawal', and demand that the PIRA men be set free 'under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement'; sitting Sinn FÃ©in members of the DÃ¡il (Irish Parliament) have visited the men at their open prison, including one TD (MP) who was convicted for gun-running in the 1980s and is widely believed to sit on the PIRA's 'Army Council'.