The chairman of Republican Sinn Fein in Limerick has accused British soldiers of enforcing partition and using firepower to back up the "division" of the island.
Local cumann chairman of the dissident republican group, Joe Lynch, of Ballinacurra Weston, was commenting on the Irish Independent disclosure that gardai foiled a Continuity IRA plot to kill a British soldier in Limerick during Christmas. The soldier decided to remain in the UK after he was informed of the terrorist plan.
Mr Lynch condemned what he described as an almost hysterical outburst by Fianna Fail justice spokesman Niall Collins when he learnt of the plot.
Mr Collins had accused the Continuity IRA of being involved in fuel laundering, illegal tobacco, counterfeit goods, pimping and prostitution.
Mr Lynch said yesterday that if Mr Collins had any knowledge of those activities, he should report them to the relevant authorities and "not throw mud at republicans".
Mr Collins had said in a special Dail debate that those involved in planning the attack had no political ideology and were criminals.