Sunday 17 December 2017

Sinn Féin's Mary Lou McDonald launches attack on Labour at 'broken promises' billboard launch

Unveiling of a new Sinn Fein billboard near Leinster House
Unveiling of a new Sinn Fein billboard near Leinster House

John Brennan

Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald has launched a blistering attack on the Labour Party saying the party "tore up every promise it made".

Ms McDonald made the comments at the unveiling of a new Sinn Fein billboard near Leinster House, on Kildare Street in Dublin city centre this afternoon.

"Nobody believes any promise the Labour Party makes," she said.

"That seems to be the modus operandi of the Labour Party, they'll promise you the sun, moon and stars but when it comes to it they'll forget about you and forget their promises."

The new billboard focuses on the party's 'broken promises' during their term in government.

She dismissed suggestions that junior coalition is a difficult position to be in.

Mary Lou McDonald
Mary Lou McDonald

"You lead yourself into difficulties like the Labour Party did when you go into government and stand for nothing and fall for everything.

"Do you remember Labour's way or Frankfurt's way? The defiant message of the Labour Party in the last election? They broke trust with the people, one by one they tore up every one of their promises.

"This was a Labour Party with a record mandate," she added.

She also attacked Taoiseach Enda Kenny saying being in government is the "only thing he cares about - he certainly doesn't care about he people who have suffered under his administration."

Ms McDonald stood by her previous comments that Thomas 'Slab' Murphy was a "typical rural man".

"This matters in relation to Tom which have come to public note are being handled by the courts and will be adjudicated by the courts.

"I have put on record that I have met Tom Murphy on a number of occasions and I was asked very simply what was my impression of him and my impression of him was that he was a fairly typical rural man - that is still my impression of him."

She added, "People have to pay their taxes... There is no get out clause for anybody in that regard, those matters are before the courts the courts have jurisdiction in that regard and they need to come to sir own conclusions in their own time."

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