Tuesday 25 October 2016

Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty defends Gerry Adams following difficult Sean O'Rourke interview

John Brennan

Published 18/02/2016 | 12:59

Pearse Doherty of Sinn Féin. Photo: Tom Burke
Pearse Doherty of Sinn Féin. Photo: Tom Burke

Pearse Doherty has defended his embattled leader after Gerry Adams experienced a difficult interview on Sean O'Rourke this morning.

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Mr Adams appeared to find difficulty in explaining aspects of Sinn Fein's tax policies when pressed on the subject by Sean O'Rourke.

Pearse Doherty, Sinn Fein spokesperson for finance however dismissed the suggestion that Adams was becoming a liability to the party saying, "Gerry Adams has led this party for many, many years.

"Sinn Fein are nearly doubling their support so far in terms of opinion polls in the support we've received over the last five years and that is down to the leadership of Gerry Adams," he added.

The Sinn Fein finance spokesperson was setting out the party's plan for a fair recovery and long term economic growth at party HQ on Parnell square in the city centre, this saw Doherty go on the offensive again attacking Fine Gael.

Read more: Watch: Gerry Adams flounders under intense questioning on Sinn Fein plans for additional tax on salaries over €100k

He accused Michael Noonan of trying to "con" the electorate saying that the finance minister had lied consistently during the campaign.

When pressed further on the interview with Sean O' Rourke he said, "I don't believe my party leader does find difficulty in explaining it. I didn't hear the interview with Sean O'Rourke, I was travelling here earlier on."

He added, "Our position is very clear, if Sinn Fein get into government there will be no more water charges."

When asked whether he felt it was time that party leader step away from the party he emphatically rejected this but did not entirely rule himself out of leading the party one day.

"In terms of whether I see myself in the future as a party leader it's not something I have a personal ambition to do, but if it's something that the party so decided at a later stage that it was something they wanted me to do then I would be willing to do."

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