Adams dismisses Fianna Fáil Leader's "hysterical rant"
Responding to remarks by Fianna Fáil Leader Mícheál Martin at Arbour Hill today, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said:
"Micheál Martin's claim that Sinn Féin is not not fit for democratic government is a matter which the electorate will decide.
"Sinn Féin has a mandate in both part's of this island. That is what drives the hysterical rant by Mícheál Martin about Sinn Féin at Arbour Hill today.
"His remarks are a clear sign of desperation at the growth of Sinn Féin and the stagnation of his own party.
"Micheál Martin was a central figure in the Fianna Fáil administration which destroyed the economy and surrendered the sovereignty of the Irish State.
"The Fine Gael/Labour coalition has been implementing an austerity agenda which was laid out for them by Fianna Fáil, including Micheál Martin. Water Charges for example were a Fianna Fáil idea.
"Micheál Martin is clearly facing huge internal and external pressures over his leadership and the failure of Fianna Fáil to make any headway with the public in recent years.
"His speech majors on negativity and invective but offers no message of hope or policy proposals which could build a better future.
"Micheal Martin clearly sees Sinn Féin representing a genuine republican alternative to which citizens are turning in ever greater numbers and his remarks must be seen in this context.
"For our part, Sinn Féin is focussed on bringing about a united Ireland and a real republic based on the ideals of social justice and equality."