Fianna Fáil playing political games in desperate attempt to be relevant on Brexit – Matt Carthy MEP
Sinn Féin MEP for Midlands North-West Matt Carthy, has accused Fianna Fáil of playing political games in a desperate attempt to be relevant on Brexit. Carthy was responding to remarks by Lisa Chambers TD at the Parnell Summer School where she accused both the DUP and Sinn Féin of an abdication of responsibility relating to the collapse of the Stormont Executive implying that this had an impact on Brexit.
Matt Carthy said:
“Throughout the period leading up to and following the Brexit referendum Sinn Féin have been diligent, constructive and committed to addressing the needs of the Irish people and to finding solutions to minimise the potentially devastating impact Brexit would have for our island.
“Through our work in Ireland, Britain and Europe we helped ensure that Irish issues became central within the Brexit negotiations and we have been central in arguing for a special status within the EU for the north as the most realisable and practical compromise to avoid any hardening of the border in Ireland. Our efforts have been acknowledged by several key players in the talks.
“We have worked with the Irish government, supporting their position when in line with the best interests of all the people of our country and being critical when necessary
“All the while Fianna Fáil have been playing political games from the sidelines, desperate to be noticed with little consideration for the validity of their comments. They have often become the advocates for the DUP and Tory party simply so they could say something different.
“The remarks by Lisa Chambers attacking both the DUP and Sinn Féin is another pathetic attempt to grab headlines in the hope that people will share her ignorance relating to the current impasse in the North. The Stormont institutions collapsed because of serious questions of corruption and the failure of the DUP to address issues pertaining to the rights of citizens. They can only be restored in the context of those issues being addressed.
“Sinn Féin is committed to addressing these matters and to continuing our work to defend the interests of the people of Ireland in the Brexit talks. We will not be distracted by Fianna Fáil’s desperate attempts to be relevant”.