Friday 9 December 2016

'Obviously, everyone has to pay their taxes' - new Sinn Fein TD weighs in on Slab Murphy controversy

Alan O'Keffe

Published 28/02/2016 | 15:09

John Brady
John Brady

Newly elected Wicklow TD John Brady said media criticism of Gerry Adams will not result in Sinn Fein deciding "to ditch" him as leader.

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The new Sinn Fein TD  criticised negative campaigning against his party when asked about the 'Slab' Murphy controversy.

"Obviously, everyone has to pay their taxes.

"I wonder why there isn't the same focus on all political parties even though Slab is no member of Sinn Fein or anything like that.

"He's a republican but there are other members of political parties who have been in similar positions and haven't paid.

"I think the focus should shift now to the bread and butter issues for people. Sinn Fein led a very positive campaign about how to bring about a fairer republic," he said.

Mr Brady said his own victory contrasted sharply with his long drawn out recount defeat to Stephen Donnelly in 2011 when he felt as if he had been pummelled by Katie Taylor.

He said that defeat felt like he had been in the boxing ring with Wicklow's Olympic heroine.

"In 2011,  it was like stepping out of the ring with Katie Taylor after three rounds," he said.

His second count win resulted from a 40pc increase in votes since 2011 through hard work locally by Sinn Fein.

He said he believes the criticism of Sinn Fein "by the establishment and the media" will continue.

"The question has be be asked whether Sinn Fein  would do a deal with a right wing political party that has heaped misery on ordinary working families...with all time records for homelessness, unemployment blackspots throughout the county? Absolutely not," he said.

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