Wednesday 28 September 2016

'He's an arch revisionist' - Brendan Howlin launches stinging attack on Fianna Fail leader Micheál Martin

Kevin Doyle Group Political Editor

Published 22/01/2016 | 20:23

Minister Brendan Howlin
Minister Brendan Howlin
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Mark Condren

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin has launched a scathing attack on Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin saying he is “the arch revisionist” who abandoned Brian Lenihan as the economic crisis was developing in 2011.

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The Labour Party minister claimed Mr Martin thinks the later stages of the Fianna Fail-Green Party government were “the halcyon days”.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Mark Condren
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Photo: Mark Condren

“He wants to rewrite history. That his Government was on top of things.

“That he and the late Brian Lenihan worked hand in hand. Hardly,” he said at the launch of Kildare South candidate Mark Wall’s election campaign. Mr Wall is replacing his father Jack, whom Mr Howlin described as a “gentleman to his fingertips”.

But during his speech to Kildare members this evening, Mr Howlin ridiculed Mr Martin’s record when Fianna Fáil was in Government.

“He ran away in the hour of need and put his own political future before that of the country,” Mr Howlin said.

“He was no ally of Brian Lenihan. He left him in the lurch,” Mr Howlin said.

Mr Howlin went on to describe Mr Martin as the “Bobby Ewing of Irish politics”.

“So the people of Ireland need to be wary. They are being asked to choose between stability and instability.

“The kind of instability that has prevented the formation of a Government in Spain.

“The kind of instability that prevents that Spain tackling an unemployment problem that is crippling that country and the lives of their young people in particular.

“Instability is the enemy of progress,” he said.

Mr Howlin concluded: “Fianna Fáil offer only a return to the days so bad that Micheál Martin pretends to have forgotten them. 

“But the Irish people haven’t forgotten and they won’t let Fianna Fáil do so either,” he added.

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