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Mary Lou McDonald tells Micheál Martin to put up or shut up

9 June, 2017 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Fein Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said if Micheál Martin is concerned about Ireland’s representation at Westminster then he should stand candidates in the northern constituencies.

Teachta McDonald was responding to criticism of Sinn Féin’s abstentionist policy today from the Fianna Fáil leader.

She said;

“Micheál Martin is a hurler on the ditch in this election.  We will not take lectures from him.

“Sinn Féin represents the Nationalist and Republican people in the North of our country, Fianna Fáil don’t even attempt to represent people there, so Micheál Martin should either put up or shut up.

“We put our position to the people and it has been overwhelmingly endorsed.  We are mandated not to take our seats at Westminster and we will honour that mandate.

“We know Fianna Fáil has issues with keeping promises and respecting mandates but we don’t.

“Micheál Martin says Sinn Fein’s position is incomprehensible.  What is really incomprehensible is that a so-called Republican Party doesn’t stand in elections in the North of our country.

“Instead of worrying about representation in Westminster Fianna Fáil should work with Sinn Féin to secure speaking rights for Irish MPs, representing Irish people, in the Dáil.”


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