Responding to remarks yesterday by Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Sinn Féin leader and Louth TD Gerry Adams said:
“It is now becoming tedious that every time this government feels under pressure it raises this issue of me being in the IRA. It is nonsense and the Taoiseach knows this.
“This is another desperate and transparent attempt to deflect attention from the failures of Mr Kenny’s government.
“Unemployment and emigration are at record levels. The economy is on the floor. Urban areas of this country are ravaged by the activities of organised crime.
“Meanwhile this government is marked by incompetence and incoherence as evidenced by the resignation of Minister of State Róisín Shortall.
“This coalition is up to its neck in the same ‘stroke politics’ that people rejected at the last General Election.
“Mr Kenny continues to turn a blind eye to the disgraceful behaviour of Health Minister James Reilly.
“The latest example of this is his action in subverting and undermining the HSE consultation into the future of The Cottage Hospital in Drogheda.
“Minister Reilly’s actions and those of government TDs Fergus O’Dowd and Gerald Nash is one of the worst examples in recent years of ‘stroke politics’.
"It would suit the Taoiseach better to focus his attention on these issues. The first thing he should do is replace Dr. Reilly.”