Micheal Martin brands Sinn Fein a 'sinister movement' that covers up the 'sickest of crimes'
Published 25/04/2015 | 19:50
FIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin has branded Sinn Fein a "sinister movement" that covers up the "sickest of crimes".
Speaking at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis, Mr Martin insisted the 1916 commemorations belonged to all the people of Ireland and said he would not allow Sinn Finn takeover the celebrations.
He said De Valera, Pearse, Markiewicz, Clarke and others who were involved in the Rising also attended the first Fianna Fáil meeting.
"We take great pride from this, but we're also clear that 1916 belongs to no party and no faction – it belongs to all of the people of Ireland. We will never accept the claims of a sinister movement founded 40 years ago to have any link with 1916. The Provisionals remain a movement which covers-up the sickest of crimes in order to protect their members. We will never allow them to rewrite Irish history to legitimise their despicable crimes," Mr Martin said.
In his keynote speech at the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis, Mr Martin also accused the Coalition of being “obsessed” with trying to buy the votes ahead of the General Election.
“They are so out of touch and arrogant that they have absolutely no idea why people are so angry with them. They think a press release can cover up the impact of taxes and charges which ignore your ability to pay. They think a photo op and a fist-pump can get through any problem,” Mr Martin said.
However, he added: “Let me be clear, what Sinn Fein is offering is even worse.”
Speaking to delegates in the RDS in Dublin, the Fianna Fail leader said the party has a “republican vision” of a country where every civilian’s needs are met.
“We know how much has changed and we understand the realities of Ireland today. And it’s exactly because we understand the mistakes of the past that unlike others, we are determined that these mistakes will not be repeated,” he said.
Mr Martin said people are angered by claims the country is better off and do not believe Taoiseach Enda Kenny when says he gets calls from voters thanking him for tax cuts.
He accused the Government of making 13 u-turns on Irish Water and said the party will abolish the controversial State utility company if voted into office.
He said he will reduce PRSI and move to alleviate the burden of USC for the self-employed. Fianna Fail will also introduce social welfare payments for business owners who become unemployed or sick.
“This will reduce the risk for people who want to start their own business and it will enhance a sector which is the backbone of job creation across our country,” he said.
He also wants to introduce a Minister for Community Support and Development who will prepare a ‘Community Services Guarantee’.
“This Guarantee would bring together specific targets on the availability of schools, health services, sports and recreational facilities, as well as public transport,” he said.
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