Sunday 22 April 2018

Andrews accused of hypocrisy over leaflet

Sinn Féin General Election candidate Chris Andrews
Sinn Féin General Election candidate Chris Andrews
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Sinn Féin General Election candidate Chris Andrews has been accused of blatant hypocrisy after he blamed his former party Fianna Fáil for "almost bankrupting the Irish State".

In an election leaflet circulated in Dublin Bay South, Mr Andrews launched a stinging attack on the previous government - of which he was a part before he lost his seat. He later quit the party after he was unmasked as being behind a fake Twitter account which he used to attack politicians, including Gerry Adams.

"In Government, Fianna Fáil were responsible for economic chaos - the worst banking collapse in Irish history, almost bankrupting the Irish State," his leaflet states.

Independent councillor Mannix Flynn accused Mr Andrews of hypocrisy. "This is the very person who was a member of that government and voted for those decisions," he said. "It is blatant hypocrisy, but what more would you expect from Mr Andrews?"

Mr Andrews rejected the accusations. "I didn't know Mannix was a candidate in this election and it says a lot when he gets upset by what is said about FF. He must be a closet Fianna Fáiler," Mr Andrews said.

"The reality is that I left FF as a direct result of some of the stuff I am now criticising them for so there is nothing hypocritical about that."

Irish Independent

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