Adams responds to Martin’s “cynical and opportunist” attack
Commenting on attacks by Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin on Sinn Féin on RTE1 this morning, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said:
“The real motivation behind Deputy Martin’s outrageous comments are clear — it is all about Fianna Fáil’s current difficulties, in particular Micheál Martin’s leadership of that party and internal challenges to his stance on the Austerity Treaty referendum and other issues.
“I believe that many people across the island, not least supporters and members of Mr Martin’s own party, will be disappointed at his remarks.
“The irony of Deputy Martin using an Easter commemoration at Arbour Hill to launch an attack on republicans will be lost on very few.
“Sinn Féin is dedicated to the achievement of the ideals of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. We seek a mandate for a genuine republican approach to the issues that face the Irish people at this time.
“Our primary political objective is a united Ireland achieved through peaceful and democratic means.
“In the immediate term we are seeking to build support for an alternative approach to addressing the economic crisis and as part of that securing a No vote to the Austerity Treaty
“Sinn Fein has been central to bringing peace to this island. Cementing the peace we all now enjoy remains of critical importance. That and the task of building a genuine process of national reconciliation is Sinn Féin’s central political focus.
“We will not be distracted or deflected by Deputy Martin’s attempts to use issues related to the recent conflict in a cynical and opportunist way.
“The work of building peace and reconciliation is far too important to be reduced to narrow, party political point scoring.”