Friday 9 December 2016

Adams: FF TDs offended by Martin calling SF 'a mafia organisation'

Published 12/01/2016 | 17:19

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos

GERRY Adams has said Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin is offending his own party members by branding Sinn Féin a mafia organisation.

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Mr Martin regularly compares Sinn Féin to the mafia using the examples of claims the party covered up child sex abuse and its support for convicted tax cheat Thomas ‘Slab’ Murphy to enforce his point.

Today, Mr Adams hit back at the Fianna Fáil leader saying he was personally offended by being associated with a criminal organisation and called on Mr Martin to work more closely with Sinn Féin on national issues.

“It’s offensive to me as an individual. It’s offensive to the party membership and it’s particularly offensive to those citizens who come out and cast their votes for Sinn Féin,” he said.

“Micheal would be far better off dealing with the politics of the issue (and) joining with us where it is possible on big issues like this water crisis or other matters as opposed to, in the centenarian year, involving himself in this type of hyperbole,” he added.

Mr Adams said even Fianna Fáil TDs have told him they are troubled by Mr Martin’s accusations that Sinn Féin is a mafia organisation.

Sinn Féin’s Cavan/Monaghan TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin also said Fianna Fáil members have complained to him about their party leader’s remarks.

“I think it would be mistake not to also recognise that his remarks are offensive to many ordinary decent members and supporters of Fianna Fail and that is a fact,” Mr O Caolain said.

“I’m hearing continuously a response from people that particular political tradition who are distanced from Micheal Martin’s position towards Sinn Féin,” he added. 

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