Fine Gael TD’s slur against Republicans exposed after South Armagh murder bid – Mac Lochlainn
Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has again slammed the “slur against Republicans” this week by Fine Gael TD, Patrick O’ Donovan following the attempted murder of South Armagh Republican Frank McCabe Jnr by a criminal gang based in the area.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:
“This bomb attack and attempted murder was carried out by a criminal gang operating in South Armagh and North Louth. The attack follows a campaign of intimidation in the South Armagh area against local people including local Republicans who have taken huge personal risks advocating for accountable policing within their community.
“This is the reality of life for Republicans who have been calling on the PSNI and the Gardaí to do more to tackle the organised criminal gangs in this area.”
“Those same Republicans had to listen to the despicable comments of Fine Gael TD, Patrick O’ Donovan last week. The political slurs from Deputy O’ Donovan have since been torn asunder by the Garda Commissioner, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan and Fine Gael Senator Paul Coughlan, Chairman of the BIPA Committee that carried out the report on cross border criminality.
“Deputy O’ Donovan should be man enough to withdraw the comments he made at the BIPA meeting last Monday and apologise to Republicans in the South Armagh and North Louth area.”ENDS