Friday 21 October 2016

Do not be taken in by Sinn Fein’s project 'to rewrite history to justify their deeds' - Martin

Published 26/04/2015 | 13:31

Micheal Martin
Micheal Martin

FIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin has said it is important the public is not taken in by Sinn Fein’s project “to rewrite history to justify their deeds”.

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Mr Martin was speaking after his party’s Ard Fheis where he branded Gerry Adam’s party a “sinister movement” that covered up the “sickest of crimes”.

The Fianna Fail TD also told delegates he would not allow Sinn Fein takeover the 1916 Rising commemoration and noted some of those involved in the uprising attended the first Fianna Fail meeting.

In response, Mr Adams said his party was as a “proud of Bobby Sands and Mairéad Farrell as we are of the Volunteers of 1916 and those who fought the Black and Tans”.

Speaking to RTE One’s The Week in Politics this afternoon, Mr Martin said he “absolutely” disagreed with Mr Adam’s view.

“Gerry Adams continues to ignore the vast majority of the Irish people who opposed the campaign that the Provisional IRA waged in Northern Ireland and, indeed, in this republic where they murdered servants of the State,” he said.

“I think it’s appalling that he continues to try equate the 30 year campaign of terror in the North with the War of Independence in the 1916 period,” he added

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