Micheál Martin's attempts to undermine Northern Institutions “very foolish” - Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire
Sinn Féin General Election candidate Cllr Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has heavily criticised Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin for his efforts to undermine the North's political institutions.
Cllr Ó Laoghaire said;
“Micheál Martin is putting Fianna Fáil's electoral concerns ahead of what is in the best interest of the people of the North.
“I was appalled to hear Micheál Martin's comments, which encouraged the Unionist Parties to adjourn the Power Sharing Executive. This reflects a Fianna Fáil strategy to the North which appears to be largely about what is in their electoral interests, and a desire to attack Sinn Féin.”
“Essentially through these comments, Micheál Martin set about attempting to undermine the Northern Institutions. This is a very foolish approach, and jeopardises the democratic institutions that all political traditions worked so hard to establish.”
“It appears to me that Micheál Martin's first priority in making these remarks, is to attempt to stem the growth of Sinn Féin in the south. What is in the interests of the people of the North, and the Peace Process, appears to be an afterthought.”
“Indeed, I believe that many ordinary Fianna Fáil supporters and members would have been taken aback by this reckless attempt to undermine the institutions, and to take the most hardline position possible.”
“As Leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin should reflect on his approach to this situation. Rather than making clumsy and juvenile interventions, he would be better off attempting to work with all the political parties, and the two Governments, to find a solution. Sinn Féin will engage with these talks in a constructive manner, and we hope that all other parties to these talks do likewise.”