Senator Tom Sheahan needs to clarify Seanad remarks – Ferris
Sinn Féin TD for North Kerry & West Limerick, Martin Ferris has called on Fine Gael senator, Tom Sheahan, to clarify allegations he made in the Seanad last week concerning Sinn Féin, which appeared in yesterday’s Sunday Independent.
Senator Sheahan alleged that when "a member of the Garda Síochána died in tragic circumstances in Co Kerry recently, a member of Sinn Fein said to a friend of mine in the Garda Síochána that they would have done a much cleaner job".
Deputy Ferris said:
“Members of my family knew the deceased garda very well and they were quite hurt by these allegations. I am certain that no member of Sinn Féin would make hurtful remarks about such a tragedy and I am calling on Senator Sheahan to name the person who allegedly made these remarks. If the Senator refuses to do so then we would ask him to withdraw his scurrilous allegations.
Senator Sheahan also made a number of unsubstantiated allegations about the recent Sinn Féin Árd Fheis in Killarney to which Deputy Ferris responded:
“I also want to refute Senator Sheahan’s remarks regarding our recent and most successful Árd Fheis in Killarney. Our security team worked very well with An Garda Síochána over the weekend and we were extremely grateful for their help and support. The Gardaí asked us what level of a cover did we want and we asked them to provide the same cover as they would at any other party conference or Árd Fheis, which they did.
“Senator Sheahan can make up all the allegations he wants in the Seanad without the need for any evidence of course. He is hoping that if he can throw enough mud that some of it might stick.