Taoiseach being entirely cynical and disingenuous – Gerry Adams TD
In a statement this evening, Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams TD said:
"News reports tonight, obviously based on briefings from the Taoiseach or his spokesperson, said that the Taoiseach had written to me to arrange a meeting that had been mooted in exchanges between myself, the Taoiseach and the Fianna Fail Leader in the Dail last week.
"These related to allegations made against Sinn Fein members in a BBC Spotlight programme.
"However, what the briefing didn’t say was that following last week's Dail exchanges, I wrote to the Taoiseach to set up a meeting. The Taoiseach's Department acknowledged that letter.
"Separately two other Sinn Féin members named in the Spotlight programme also wrote to Taoiseach seeking meetings with him. The Taoiseach's Deparment also acknowledged their letters.
"The Taoiseach has yet to confirm a meeting with any of us.
"According to RTE News the Taoiseach is "calling Gerry Adams' bluff".
"It is clear that the Taoiseach is seeking to manipulate media reporting of this issue and is being entirely cynical and disingenuous."