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Adams rejects Fianna Fáil leader’s criticism as ‘jaded political opportunism from a cynical hurler on the ditch’

1 September, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has rejected remarks made by Fianna Fáil Micheál Martin TD earlier today in which the Fianna Fáil Leader claimed that Sinn Féin is refusing to engage in talks to restore the Executive in the North.

Teachta Adams described Deputy Martin as a cynical hurler on the ditch. 

Speaking from Inishowen, County Donegal, where he is meeting with victims of the recent flooding disaster, Mr Adams said:

“The Fianna Fáil Leader should know that Michelle O’Neill has been talking to all political leaders in the North. She has proposed a short phase of talks to explore how the implementation of outstanding rights can be delivered. Deputy Martin also knows there was nothing new in Arlene Foster’s offer of a parallel process.

“It disappointing that Micheál Martin chooses to criticise the imperative of standing up for Irish language rights and equality.

“Teachta Martin has never failed to use difficulties with the political process in the North to attack Sinn Féin. He conveniently forgets the calls he repeatedly made, not so long ago, for Assembly to be suspended. His comments are the product of jaded political opportunism from a cynical hurler on the ditch.” 

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