Wednesday 17 January 2018

Gilmore attacks SF over 'buried bodies'

Fionnan Sheahan and Fiach Kelly

TANAISTE Eamon Gilmore has launched his most stinging attack to date on Sinn Fein, declaring: "How many bodies are buried on this island because of Sinn Fein."

Mr Gilmore was responding to Sinn Fein deputy leader Mary-Lou McDonald's allegations of "sharp, corrupt practice" by the health minister.

Ms McDonald claimed documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act showed Health Minister James Reilly spoke with NAMA about a site in his constituency, regarding the location for a controversial primary care centre.

She claimed this amounted to ministerial interference and said to Mr Gilmore it was "sharp corrupt practice that cost you a junior minister" – a reference to the resignation of former junior minister Roisin Shortall.

But Mr Gilmore said: "Sinn Fein, Sinn Fein. So much illegal activity. How many bodies are buried on this island because of Sinn Fein," he said. "You come in here with your orders from Belfast to make allegations."

"Swinging around political allegations – you are sinking to a new low now," he added

Ms McDonald claimed a specific site owned by a supporter of Dr Reilly, who was in NAMA, was discussed at a meeting between the minister and the State's bad bank on April 20.

The meeting was called at NAMA's request.

But minutes drawn up after the meeting only say "progress at a number of PCC locations (primary care centres) was discussed", including Balbriggan.

It does not mention if the specific site in the town was discussed.

Irish Independent

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