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TD David Cullinane. Photo: Collins

TD David Cullinane. Photo: Collins

TD David Cullinane. Photo: Collins

Senior Sinn Féin TD David Cullinane has defended saying “up the RA” at an event marking his re-election to the Dáil.

In a video from a post-election rally, Mr Cullinane said: “Up the Republic, Up the ‘Ra. Tiocfaidh ár Lá.”

Mr Cullinane was addressing party supporters after being re-elected to the Dáil for a third term.

Before he made the comments he praised IRA hunger striker Kevin Lynch who ran as a candidate in Waterford while being imprisoned in the North.

Mr Cullinane said he never distanced himself from the IRA or the hunger strikers since entering politics.

“We are a united Ireland party and we have never distanced ourselves from that,” he told the Irish Times.

“I do not agree with everything that the IRA did but I would not distance myself from it,” he added.

Mr Cullinane is Sinn Fein’s climate change spokesperson and previously held the party’s Brexit portfolio.

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald said she had not seen the video and said it was for Mr Cullinane to explain his comments.

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