Sunday 19 November 2017

FF gloves come off again with jabs to FG

Michael Brennan and Ralph Riegel

FIANNA Fail ended its treaty ceasefire yesterday by criticising Taoiseach Enda Kenny for his refusal to take part in a TV debate.

The party had been praised by Mr Kenny for its role in the Yes campaign, which cost up to €150,000.

But having gone easy on the Government during the past three weeks, Fianna Fail said it would be focusing again on issues such as mortgage arrears and bank debt.

Fianna Fail Limerick West TD Niall Collins fired the first shots yesterday by accusing Mr Kenny of failing as a leader by refusing to appear in a TV debate on the treaty.

"It's a source of concern to the wider public. No matter how Fine Gael try to spin it, he just didn't do it," he said.

Mr Kenny said yesterday that he had travelled around the 26 counties of Ireland during the campaign and was not going to be "shoved around by Sinn Fein" with its demand for a TV debate.

The final result was a relief for Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin after his stand against former deputy leader Eamon O Cuiv, who was in favour of a No vote. Mr O Cuiv stuck to his pledge not to campaign publicly and his Galway West constituency voted in favour of the treaty by 57.9pc to 42.1pc.

Irish Independent Supplement

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