Gerry Adams TD stands by Collins remarks
Responding tonight to calls for him to withdraw remarks he made last week in New York, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD said:
"I have no intention of withdrawing my remarks. They were simply referencing a historical fact.
"I was highlighting the hypocrisy of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil leaders who hail IRA leader Michael Collins as some Gandhi-like figure while condemning modern republicans such as Bobby Sands, Mairéad Farrell, or Máire Drumm as 'terrorists'.
"Anyone who takes the trouble to read my script will understand the absurdity of the Independent News & Media Group's campaign."