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Wednesday 1 October 2014

‘How many bodies are buried on this island because of Sinn Fein?’ – Gilmore taunts McDonald in Dail spat

Published 20/12/2012 | 11:34

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TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has launched his most stinging attack to date on Sinn Fein, declaring: "How many bodies are buried on this island because of Sinn Fein."

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Mr Gilmore was responding to Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald’s allegations of “sharp corrupt practice” by Health Minister Dr James Reilly.

Ms McDonald claimed documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed Dr Reilly spoke with NAMA about a site in his constituency regarding the location for a controversial primary care centre.

She claimed this amounted to ministerial interference in site selection and said to Mr Gilmore it was “sharp corrupt practice that cost you a junior minister” – a reference to the resignation of former Labour Party junior minister Roisin Shortall.

But Mr Gilmore said McDonald had “some neck”.

“So much illegal activity. How many bodies are buried on this island because of Sinn Fein. You have a neck. You have a neck,” he said.

“You come in here with your orders from Belfast to make allegations,” he added.

Mr Gilmore said the Health Minister had challenged Ms McDonald to “say outside of this House what you have said here”.

“This is a clever little trick,” he said.

“Swinging around political allegations – you are sinking to a new low now,” he added.

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