“Kenny should focus on internal problems of Fine Gael” – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has hit back at Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny over his comments on Sinn Féin. Ó Caoláin said the Fine Gael leader's latest attack "has less to do with Sinn Féin and more to do with Fine Gael trying to rival the PDs in their anti-republican hysteria for electoral purposes". "Enda Kenny would be better off focussing on his own internal party problems rather than engaging in this hysteria, especially at a crucial time in the peace process", stated Ó Caoláin.
The Cavan/Monaghan TD said:
"Speculative comment from the leaders of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael as to Sinn Féin's role in the post-election arithmetic are equally pre-mature. With the election six months away, the only inevitability is that a coalition government of one sort of another, and not necessarily those already on offer, will be elected on the basis of the mandate given to the various parties by the Irish people.
"Sinn Féin's objective is to maximise the republican vote at the next election and increase our Dáil representation, returning a team committed to a health service free at the point of delivery, an expanded social housing programme to aggressively deal with the housing crisis in this state and preparing for Irish unification. We are confident that we will do so.
"Enda Kenny's frantic attack on Sinn Féin, in response to the Taoiseach, has less to do with Sinn Féin and more to do with Fine Gael trying to rival the PDs in their anti-republicanism for electoral purposes.
"Given recent signs of lack of confidence in the Fine Gael leadership's ability to form a Government, Enda Kenny would be better off focussing on his own internal party problems rather than engaging in this nonsense, especially at a crucial time in the peace process when his ill-judged words will be seized upon by rejectionist unionists as they try to scupper current efforts to achieve progress."