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Adams accuses Kenny and Martin of playing politics with Cahill allegations

21 October, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has accused the Taoiseach and Fine Gael Leader Enda Kenny and Fianna Fail Leader Martin of making grievous accusations against him in relation to allegations made by Maria Cahill and of never once seeking Mr Adams version of events.

He also accused Mícheál Martin of playing politics with a deeply serious issue, which he said was disgraceful.

Mr Adams made his remarks during exchanges between himself, the Taoiseach and Mícheál Martin today during Order of Business in the Dáil.

When Mr Martin raised the issue of the Dail debating the issues surrounding allegations by Mairia Cahill, Gerry Adams said:

“Sinn Fein has no objections to the Oireachtas looking at any allegation of abuse. However, the Fianna Fáil Leader and the Taoiseach have made grievous accusations against me.

“Neither the Taoiseach or the Fianna Fáil Leader have ever come to me and asked me for my version of events. There was no cover-up by me or by Sinn Féin in this matter.

Following heckling by Fianna Fáil Leader Mícheal Martin, Mr Adams said:

“This man is playing politics with a deeply serious issue and he doesn’t have the gumption to ask me what my version of events is. It is disgraceful.”

Following remarks by the Taoiseach in which he misrepresented Gerry Adams’s recent blog on the issue, Gerry Adams reiterated the point that the Taoiseach was “politicising the issue”.

He went on:

“I am very conscious that there are people out there who are victims of abuse and who are watching this. You cannot make the type of assertions you are making here Taoiseach.”

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