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Micheál Martin should end Fianna Fail's abstentionism from the North - Gerry Adams TD

10 June, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has strongly rejected Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin’s call on Sinn Féin MPs to take their seats in Westminster.

Mr Adams described Micheál Martin as "a champion hurler on the ditch" and he called on the Fianna Fáil leader to end his party's "abstentionism from the North of Ireland."

Teachta Adams said;

“What kind of self respecting Irish republican would ask anyone to ignore their electoral mandate and swear loyalty to the English Queen or legitimise the British Parliament's role in Ireland?

"When it comes to the North, the Fianna Fail leader is a champion hurler on the ditch. If they gave out all-Ireland medals for making zero effort on matters of importance to northern citizens, Micheál Martin would be an All Star every year.

"Sinn Féin stand in British General elections on an abstentionist platform. This is not a new policy. This position was once again resoundingly endorsed by the electorate on Thursday. The citizens  of the North who voted for Sinn Féin had a choice of candidates. They supported Sinn Féin. By so doing they turned their backs on Westminster entirely.

“That is because they realise that the parliament in London does not work for them and it doesn't stand up for their best interests. Brexit has been a shining example of that reality. Their electoral decision should be acknowledged and upheld.

"Micheál Martin can criticise Sinn Féin from the sidelines all he wants. That won't make a lick of difference to the lives of people in the six counties.

"The Fianna Fáil leader should come off the sidelines and onto the pitch. Instead of constantly sniping, he should allow his party to stand candidates in Northern elections and seek a mandate from the people. I would welcome such a development.

"I am calling on Micheál Martin to end Fianna Fáil's abstentionism from the North of Ireland."

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