Saturday 10 December 2016

Adams accused of 'attack and deny' response to Donaldson allegations by Micheál Martin

Published 21/09/2016 | 12:46

Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin. Photo: Gerry Mooney

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has accused Sinn Féin of adopting an "attack and deny" response to allegations that its party leader Gerry Adams sanctioned the brutal murder of Denis Donaldson.

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Mr Martin said Sinn Féin has "pounced on the messenger" after the party sought to discredit the BBC 'Spotlight' programme, which broadcast the allegations last night.

The programme heard from a former IRA member turned British agent known as 'Martin' who alleged that Mr Adams sanctioned the murder of Mr Donaldson in 2006.

The murder happened a decade after the so-called IRA ceasefire was announced.

Spotlight also claimed that tax cheat Thomas 'Slab' Murphy, who Mr Adams described as a 'good republican', sought the murder of Mr Donaldson.

Speaking to reporters at the Ploughing Championships in Tullamore, Co Offaly, Mr Martin admitted that he had not seen the programme in its entirely.

But he attacked Sinn Féin, saying the party is not fit for Government.

"I do get concerned when Sinn Fein just pounce on the messenger, attack and deny, attack and deny, which is a standard pattern od sinn fein response to situations like this," Mr Martin said.

The Cork South Central TD also expressed concern that there has not yet been an inquest into Mr Donaldson's murder.

Asked whether Fianna Fáil would consider entering government with Sinn Féin in the future, he replied:

"Our view is very consistent with our view before the election. We will not be going into governnment with Sinn Féin. We do not believe Sinn Féin is fit for governmebt. Their whole modus operandi is wrong. It's not a democratic party and we are very very clear about that.

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