Sinn Féin representative for Dublin Mid-West Eoin Ó Broin, responding to what he described as a ridiculous and deliberately provocative press statement from Fine Gael TD Derek Keating, has challenged the deputy to a public debate on the unemployment crisis.
Speaking this evening Ó Broin said;
“Deputy Keating is clearly looking to provoke a reaction from Sinn Féin with his ridiculous and deliberately provocative statement. The fact that he sent his statement to all Sinn Féin TDs shows that he is looking for a response rather than simply making a political point.
“The deputy accuses my party of lying to people about the scale of our economic recovery. If he is confident in his party’s approach to our economy then he should dispense with the silly and immature statements and debate the issue with me in public.
“I would be happy to take part in such a debate at any time that suits deputy Keating. He has already refused to debate me in the general election of 2011 and during the Austerity Treaty referendum this year. It’s time for him to put up or shut up.”