Wednesday 20 September 2017

Doherty: Fine Gael's comments smack of desperation

Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty. Photo: Tom Burke
Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty. Photo: Tom Burke

Sinn Fein has accused of Fine Gael of desperation following attacks on the party's presidential candidate Martin McGuinness over the weekend.

Responding to comments made by three Fine Gael politicians, Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty said this morning, "It's a sign of desperation and political naivety on behalf of the government that they think that attacking Martin McGuinness in this way will somehow boost their own support base.

"It's clear that they're frustrated that only just over a quarter of their own supporters are willing to support Gay Mitchell."

Environment minister Phil Hogan, Government Chief Whip Paul Keogh and the Fine Gael presidential candidate Gay Mitchell all launched attacks on Mr McGuinness yesterday, questioning his suitability for the office of president.

Commenting on the attacks last night, Mr McGuinness accused Fine Gael of using "black propaganda" and "dirty tricks".

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