'Adams trying to distort the past' - Martin
Published 20/04/2015 | 02:30
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams cannot be allowed to "falsify and distort" history, Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin said in a scathing attack on his political rival.
Mr Martin used his party's annual 1916 Arbour Hill commemoration to criticise Sinn Féin.
In his oration, Mr Martin said Sinn Féin is "unfit for participation in a democratic republican government".
Afterwards, he slammed Mr Adams's CBS interview in which he said the death of Jean McConville was "something that happens" in war.
"I think fundamentally the attempts by Sinn Féin to falsify and distort history deserved a substantial and considered response," he said.
"Particularly the CBS interview which was Mr Adams's attempt to justify the abduction and murder of Jean McConville on the basis that this happens in war.
"That had to be met with a substantial response and I think I gave that today in the interest of public discussion and discourse and indeed our democracy because he cannot get away with that kind of simplification and falsification."