Friday 9 December 2016

Showing up the political paucity and hypocrisy of Fianna Fáil

Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30

Fianna Fail's Éamon Ó Cuív
Fianna Fail's Éamon Ó Cuív

By any standards, the indignant rant by Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív expressed prior to the state commemoration of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa exposes in equal measure the political paucity and hypocrisy of Fianna Fáil.

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Mr Ó Cuív said the Fianna Fáil party was organising centenary commemoration events for 1916 but, unlike Sinn Féin, they were not running parallel or as alternatives to the state programme, and added that Fianna Fáil intends to play a full part in the 40 state events scheduled over the next year.

In 1991, on the 75th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the FF/PD coalition government bowed to pressure from unrepresentative groups who were ideologically opposed to Irish separatism and shamefully ignored the anniversary.

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