Saturday 3 December 2016

Mary Lou tells Micheal Martin: 'We're scarlet for you'

Cormac McQuinn Political Correspondent

Published 23/04/2016 | 12:37

Mary Lou McDonald
Mary Lou McDonald

MARY Lou McDonald has accused Fianna Fáil of borrowing its policy to get rid of water charges from Sinn Féin, telling leader Micheál Martin “we’re scarlet for you”.

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Addressing her party’s Ard Fheis , Ms McDonald accused Fianna Fáil of attempting to be “Sinn Féin-lite” and said “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”.

She said: “Michéal Martin, as Dubs would say, we’re scarlet for you,” and claimed his party is “borrowing our policies for cynical electoral reason.”

The Sinn Féin deputy leader told him: “we will hold you to that promise so scrap the water charges.”

Fianna Fáil are insisting on the suspension of water charges in its ongoing talks about facilitating a Fine Gael minority government.

Read more: Exclusive: Sinn Fein to end policy of TDs taking average industrial wage from €87k salary

Several new TDs and candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections addressed the delegates at Sinn Féin’s Ard Fheis in Dublin’s Convention Centre.

Stormont Assembly candidate for East Antrim Oliver McMullen said he wants the Wild Atlantic Way tourism initiative extended to countries in the North to encourage more visitors across the border.

He suggested the tourist trail should include the Giant’s Causeway and praised the Wild Atlantic Way promotion as “one of the most successful tourist initiatives” in Ireland.

“The Atlantic Ocean doesn’t stop at the border and the Wild Atlantic Way shouldn’t stop at the border either,” Mr McMullen said.

“Our island has good potential in attracting many more visitors from all over the world,” he added and cited tourists travelling to the filming locations of of Game of Thrones in his own constituency and the renewed filming of another Star Wars movie in Kerry and Donegal this year.

Later today the Ard Fheis will vote on motions relating to its goal of a united Ireland, on economic recovery and party development.

During her speech this morning Dublin Central TD Ms McDonald said that in the year of the Centenary of 1916, the political “establishment” don’t want to discuss partition which she described as “the elephant in the room”.

“The North is not a foreign land,” she said adding her party will work to bring about the “reconciliation of orange and green and end partition”.

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