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Meddler McDowell running scared of Sinn Féin - Ó Caoláin

24 February, 2006

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin welcomed Minister McDowell's speech as an indication that “he is running scared of the electoral challenge of Sinn Féin and at our determination to see our policies implemented in government”.  Describing the Minister's speech as “a right-wing rant”, Ó Caolain said it contained interesting lessons for people on the left in Irish politics and for Fianna Fáil members.

He said, “Minister McDowell vents his spleen not only at Sinn Féin but at the Labour Party, the Green Party, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and others on the left. He links these parties together in terms of left-wing policies.

“Fianna Fáil members will also be interested in his claim that the PDs have been the defining partners in every government in which they have participated. If so then this Government has been defined by a Minister who welcomes inequality as good for society and whose attacks on Sinn Féin have been manna from heaven to Ian Paisley and the DUP, thus seriously affecting the peace process.

“Many will find highly amusing the Minister's reference to 'the heavy hand of instinctive meddlers'. This Minister is the biggest meddler ever to occupy ministerial office, abusing his position to boost his PR image and to suit his reactionary agenda, as seen most recently with his witch-hunt against the Centre for Public Inquiry.” ENDS

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