Adams responds to Fianna Fáil leader’s ‘petty’ attack on Sinn Féin
Gerry Adams TD has responded to Micheál Martin's latest attack on Sinn Féin by describing the remarks as “very petty” and he urged the Fianna Fáil leader to engage more positively around the issue of Irish Unity.
Deputy Martin used his speech at a Fianna Fáil commemoration to mark the hundredth anniversary of Éamon de Valera's victory in the 1917 East Clare by-election to criticise Sinn Féin.
Speaking from Washington DC, where he is to meet with the Congressional Friends of Ireland group and State Department to update them on the recent negotiations and the situation arising from Brexit, the Sinn Féin President said;
“Micheál Martin seems incapable of speaking at Fianna Fáil event without attacking Sinn Féin.
“The disunity among Irish political parties, which claim to support Irish reunification, is one of the biggest challenges facing us all. The threat posed by Brexit to the island of Ireland has highlighted the immediacy of the challenge.
“Micheál Martin’s position, and constant desire to attack Sinn Féin, is very petty.
“Instead of concentrating on a strategy and a plan to unite our people and end the Union with Britain, Teachta Martin prefers to engage in fractional politics.
“Sinn Féin has never claimed that the history of the Irish revolution belongs to any one party or grouping.
“The struggle for Irish freedom and unity belongs to everybody. The task of building a real republic is as relevant today as it was in 1917.
“Sinn Féin does not treat Irish Republicanism as a historical artefact. We are Irish Republicans in the here and now. We do not just dust it off when it suits us. We live it every day.”