Adams hits back at Martin outburst
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has responded to an attack on the party today by Fianna Fáil Leader Mícheál Martin.
Gerry Adams said:
"As is now an annual occurrence, Mícheál Martin has again used Fianna Fáil's Bodenstown event to attack Sinn Féin.
"The Fianna Fáil Leader clearly prefers to talk about Sinn Féin rather than his own party, even at Fianna Fáil events.
"That speaks volumes about Fianna Fáil's current state of political bankruptcy, not least on the issue of Water Charges.
"In his latest outburst, Mícheal Martin seeks to follow the example of Margaret Thatcher in trying to criminalise the republican struggle.
"However, like Thatcher, Mícheál Martin will fail. Most citizens see through his cynical opportunism in relation to the Peace Process which is all to do with fear about the electoral advance of Sinn Féin in the South.
"Unlike Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin has a mandate in both parts of this island and in the North we have been central to the ongoing and positive transformation of society there.
"In contrast, Mr Martin has repeatedly sought to denigrate the political institutions in the North and to promote the exclusion of Sinn Féin.
"Most recently - in a monumentally stupid and irresponsible intervention - he called for the political institutions to be pulled down.
"Mícheál Martin needs to clarify whether Fianna Fáil still supports the full implementation of the Good Friday and subsequent Agreements.
"Despite what Mr Martin has repeatedly stated, Sinn Féin has never tried to claim ownership of 1916.
"Instead we have sought to popularise the centenary and place the message of the 1916 Proclamation at the centre of commemorative events.
"The republican and egalitarian message of the Proclamation is what conservative parties like Fianna Fáil don't want to talk about.
"Unlike the decades in which Fianna Fáil posed as 'the republican party' while wielding power in the interests of visitors to the Galway Tent, Sinn Féin offers a genuine republican alternative which is focussed on uniting Ireland, and bringing about a real republic.
"Mr Martin knows that with every advance of such genuine republican politics, Fianna Fâil's failure, after 60 years in which they were in Government, to deliver on republican principles is further exposed. That explains his latest diatribe at Bodenstown."