Martin paying lip service to Irish re-unification
Sinn Féin MP Conor Murphy has accused Micheál Martin of following in a long line of Fianna Fail leaders who put the party interest well before that of the people or the need for Irish reunification.
Mr Murphy said:
“Since the formation of Fianna Fail each leader of that party has consistently tried to wrap themselves in the Republican flag while at the same time paying lip service to partition and to the demand for Irish unity. Micheal Martin is clearly following in this tradition.
“Last night in a speech at Queen’s and again on the media this morning Mr Martin rehearsed his normal script while in the north. An attack on Sinn Féin followed by a claim to be interested in current situation in the six counties but once again running away from the issue of his party contesting elections on an all-Ireland basis.
“Mr Martin’s attempts to preach all Ireland politics fall at the first hurdle as he, like his predecessors, continues to fudge the issue of organising on a 32 county basis.
“For Mr Martin the needs of the Irish people and the demand for Irish re-unification will come a distant second or third to the needs of the Fianna Fail party or the establishment which has sustained them for decades.”