Friday 28 April 2017

Taoiseach calls Adams 'absolute hypocrite' in Dáil row over crisis

Gerry Adams criticised the Government's handling of Sgt Maurice McCabe's case Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Gerry Adams criticised the Government's handling of Sgt Maurice McCabe's case Photo: Stephen Collins/Collins Photos
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has launched an astonishing attack on the Sinn Féin leader, describing Gerry Adams as "an absolute hypocrite".

After Mr Adams criticised the Government's handling of Sgt Maurice McCabe's case, Mr Kenny reacted furiously, saying the Louth TD was "playing politics with an issue that is so sensitive and so personal that it goes to the very heart of the public soul of Ireland".

He accused the Sinn Féin leader of being an "absolute hypocrite after what you did and what you said to former senator Máiría Cahill".

"And what you did and did not do in respect of safe houses, including on this side of the Border, where sexual abuse was conducted on young men by members of your organisation."

During fraught Dáil exchanges, junior minister Patrick O'Donovan shouted about "kangaroo courts" and later accused Sinn Féin of having a "shoot first, ask questions later" attitude.

Tánaiste Frances Fitzgerald said: "You want to convict before you hear the evidence."

Sinn Féin TDs heckled back across the chamber, with deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald saying: "Shame on you, Taoiseach. It is a disgrace. You should resign."

However, Mr Adams replied: "Well, Taoiseach, I am not going to rise to your bluster, to your diversions, to your distractions."

Irish Independent

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