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Mícheál Martin’s attack on Sinn Féin is electorally motivated and ridiculous – McDonald

21 April, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said Mícheál Martin’s attack on her party today is electorally motivated and ridiculous in the extreme.

Speaking in response to Mícheál Martin today Deputy McDonald said;

“Mícheál Martin seems to think that all the men and women of 1916 joined Fianna Fáil and would be supportive of the party today.  This is ridiculous in the extreme.

“The veterans of 1916 ended up in a variety of parties and groups including Sinn Féin, Labour and Fianna Fáil.

“One thing we can be sure of is that none of them would have had any truck with the Fianna Fáil style of corruption and cronyism that sunk the economy and led to the current round of attacks on low and middle income earners.

“The reality is that Mícheál’s attack on Sinn Féin is yet another electorally motivated attack in which he is trying to reclaim the name of republicanism which Fianna Fáil long since abandoned.

“His party has no interest in the north other than using it as a political football in the electoral contest with Sinn Féin in southern elections.

“If Mícheál Martin is serious about Fianna Fáil’s republicanism he should support Sinn Féin’s demand for a border poll rather than attacking genuine republicans and their efforts to re-unify the country.”

ENDS

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