Monday 12 November 2018

FG leader demands Nazi jibe retraction

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny yesterday said he wanted a retraction of Sinn Fein's "despicable and outrageous" attack on his party TD Alan Shatter.

European Affairs Minister Dick Roche also came to Mr Shatter's defence, even though he says he is "deeply disturbed" by actions of the Israeli defence forces.

But Sinn Fein deputy Aengus O Snodaigh is standing by his comments. He had compared Mr Shatter and the Israeli Ambassador to Joseph Goebbels.

Mr O Snodaigh said the Nazi propagandist would have been "proud" of their defence of the Israeli incursion into Gaza.

Mr Kenny said the entire Fine Gael frontbench was supportive of Mr Shatter on this. "I think to compare Deputy Alan Shatter with a member of the Nazi regime is both despicable and beneath any member of the Oireachtas," he said.



'Sickening'

Mr Roche also condemned the remarks by the Sinn Fein deputy as "sickening and calculated to offend". He said Mr O Snodaigh's comparison gave an interesting insight into the manner in which Sinn Fein views the world.

"Many people in this country, myself included, are deeply disturbed by disproportionate nature of the Israeli governments actions in Gaza.

"However, that does not excuse O Snodaigh's comments. In crafting his insults, Deputy O Snodaigh must have been aware of how offensive to all Jewish people his comments would be.

"The fact that O Snodaigh made his remarks in the period immediately before the National Holocaust Memorial Day makes his actions doubly reprehensible," the minister said.

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