Saturday 10 December 2016

Gerry Adams: Garda informer's claim we both attended IRA meeting is 'untrue'

Brian Byrne

Published 06/11/2015 | 06:27

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD during a Sinn Fein press briefing on Travellers' Rights on the plinth in Leinster House Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD during a Sinn Fein press briefing on Travellers' Rights on the plinth in Leinster House Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

SINN Fein leader Gerry Adams has said Garda informer Sean O’Callaghan’s claim that they both attended an IRA meeting is false.

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When asked about Mr O’Callaghan’s claim, Mr Adams simply said: “It’s untrue.”

Speaking to the Irish Independent at a Sinn Fein fundraising event in New York on Thursday night, Mr Adams also dismissed criticism by Fine Gael and Labour that he was missing the passage of the Finance and Social Welfare Bill to attend the event, stating: “I was in the Dail last night until 11 o’ clock.”

Mr Adams also said Tanaiste Joan Burton had made “incoherent remarks” during a Dail debate on Northern Ireland.

Mr Adams told the Irish Independent before he appeared as guest of honour at the $500-a-plate dinner at the Sheraton hotel in Manhattan, “It’s mock outrage by them. I know that I was in the Dail last night until 11 o’clock. I noticed a Labour absence on the bill for ethnicity for the travelling people.

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“I noticed the day before when we had a debate on the North, the absence of both Labour and Fine Gael, Oireachtas members and indeed the Tanaiste flew in, made a few incoherent remarks and then left.

“So there should be no poking Sinn Fein on this issue. We know where we stand on these matters.”

Later addressing a ballroom of around 600 people on the first floor of the luxury hotel near Times Square, Mr Adams said he wanted to “send a word” to Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the Tanaiste.

“Mary and I are coming back, we’ll see you in the Dail, and we’ll hold you to account for all the things that you haven’t done despite all of your promises in the last election,” he said.

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Mr Adams also criticised the Government's handling of next year’s 1916 Easter Rising commemorations during his 25-minute speech.

“The Irish Government had to tear up its first proposition. Its first proposition was a video.

"The video didn’t mention any of the signatories, didn’t mention the proclamation, did mention Bob Geldof, did mention Martin McGuinness’s friend Elizabeth the Queen, did mention the great and the good, but was not about the enormity of the event itself and the political and social intent of that event.

"They had to get rid of it."

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