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Gerry Adams TD accuses Fianna Fáil leader of speaking drivel on North

14 December, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking in a Dáil debate on Wednesday evening about current developments in the North accused the Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin of “speaking drivel.”

Gerry Adams said:

"Last Friday, the Taoiseach said that Northern nationalists would never again be left behind by an Irish Government. Teachta Martin's phony outrage at this would be amusing if it was not such a serious issue.

"The reality is that nationalists in the North were abandoned for generations by successive Irish Governments, but today, like a broken record, Teachta Martin repeats the sham argument about the two problem parties and accuses Sinn Féin of contriving to pull down the institutions or preventing them being reinstated. 

"He chooses to ignore, as he did when he was in office, the serious allegations of corruption in his own party and the allegations about abuse of the RHI scheme made by a former DUP Minister and the enormous financial cost, estimated at £700 million, it will inflict on the public purse.

"Teachta Martin turns a blind eye to the abundant evidence of DUP disrespect for, and rejection of, the rights of nationalist citizens in the North. I notice there is only one other Fianna Fáil Member on the Fianna Fáil benches this evening. They are probably as sick of listening to his drivel as everybody else.

"In his obsession, and it has become an obsession, he wants people in the North, who are living in a state that never wanted them, to meekly tolerate being treated as second class citizens. That might be the Fianna Fáil leader's way.

"He has brought being a hurler on the ditch into disrepute. He misleads the Dáil regularly with untruthful statements and puts words in my mouth that I never said. He refuses to accept the Sinn Féin mandate in the North while refusing to contest elections in the North.

"I have a message for Teachta Martin about nationalists in the North. He has missed this, but I do not believe the Government has missed the sea change in the attitude of nationalists in the past year. We will never again accept any British Government, unionist leader or any Dublin politician deciding what is or is not acceptable for us.”

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