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Martin's bellicose statements an attempt to make Fianna Fáil relevant — Adams

5 May, 2012

Speaking at an event in Belfast this evening on the 31st anniversary of the death on Hunger Strike of Bobby Sands, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

 “Bobby Sands and his comrades were genuine republicans. They were selfless in their patriotic idealism. They were dedicated to achieving an Ireland that was united and to a real republic where the people were in control of their own affairs, where the interests of citizens come first.

 “That is the type of Ireland for which Sinn Féin is working. We are not interested in sham republicanism nor in allowing Ireland to be run from London, Brussels or Strasbourg.

"That is why we are opposed to the Austerity Treaty on which people will have their say in a few short weeks. In that endeavour we are up against the political establishment of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil — the consensus for cuts.

“The recent rash of bellicose statements by Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Martin are a clear attempt to make his party relevant at a time when it is in in complete disarray.

“We are daily witnessing outright defiance of Deputy Martin’s leadership of Fianna Fáil by no less a figure than a grandson of the party’s founder.

“People can also see that Mícheál Martin’s party is impotent in the Dáil as its TDs can hardly object to the Fine Gael/Labour coalition implementing Fianna Fáil policies.

“For the Fianna Fáil leadership this referendum is all about the party. But for genuine republicans it is about the future of Ireland, our ability to control our own affairs and the building of a real republic where the interests of Irish citizens come first.”

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