Thursday 8 December 2016

Adams: FF TDs are not pleased with Martin

Published 14/01/2016 | 02:30

Gerry Adams. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Gerry Adams. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has said he was personally approached by Fianna Fáil TDs and activists who are "uncomfortable" with the performance of their leader Micheál Martin.

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Mr Adams said the complaints he has received relate to Mr Martin's "general negative invective" against Sinn Féin.

"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.

Fianna Fáil senator Darragh O'Brien described the claim as "nonsense".

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

The 'Sunday Independent' reported this week that senior republicans based in Belfast believe it is possible Mr Adams might step 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."

Irish Independent

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