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Gerry Adams: 'Fianna Fail TDs told me they are uncomfortable with Michael Martin'

Niall O'Connor and Philip Ryan

Published 13/01/2016 | 12:39

Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
Gerry Adams. Photo: Tom Burke
'Enda Kenny, Mícheál Martin (pictured), Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin are all former teachers. They appear impervious to the harsher realities that go with self-employment and job insecurity, insulated by the certainty of their pension entitlements'

SINN Féin leader Gerry Adams says he has personally approached by Fianna Fáil TDs and activists who are "uncomfortable" with the performance of their party leader Michéal Martin.

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Speaking on the plinth of the Dáil today, Mr Adams said the complaints he has received relate to Mr Martin's "general negative invective against Sinn Féin.

'Enda Kenny, Mícheál Martin (pictured), Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin are all former teachers. They appear impervious to the harsher realities that go with self-employment and job insecurity, insulated by the certainty of their pension entitlements'
'Enda Kenny, Mícheál Martin (pictured), Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin are all former teachers. They appear impervious to the harsher realities that go with self-employment and job insecurity, insulated by the certainty of their pension entitlements'

"Members of Fianna Fáil who identified themselves to us on our travels are uncomfortable with that. And a number of Oireachtas members have approached me here and said they're uncomfortable with their leader on that," the Louth TD said.

He was responding to repeated claims by Mr Martin that Sinn Féin is a "mafia style" organisation.

But Mr Adams would not identify the Fianna Fáil members when asked to do so.

Meanwhile, the Sinn Féin President has insisted that he will lead his party into the General Election.

The Sunday Independent reported this week that senior republicans based in Belfast believe there is the prospect of Mr Adams stepping down.

Asked about the issue today, Mr Adams replied: "Yes I will be leading Sinn Féin and I hope every one of our candidates gets elected."

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