Thursday 23 November 2017

'My brothers are dead' - Former TD Seymour Crawford refutes claims he is linked to man who accosted Mary Lou

Seymour Crawford, for TD for Cavan–Monaghan
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Former Fine Gael politician Seymour Crawford has denounced claims he is linked to the “concerned citizen” who challenged Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald over her party's tax policies.

The former Cavan–Monaghan TD said he took “serious exception” to reports that the member of the public who took Deputy McDonald to task over “plans to kill pensions” during a press conference in Dublin was, as claimed by some, his brother.

“On Facebook and other media, accusations were made that the man who questioned Mary Lou McDonald was a brother of mine and that this incident was organised by Fine Gael,” Mr Crawford said in a statement.

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“I wish to state that my two brothers are dead; John in 1998 and the Reverend Joe in 2014.

“The fact that these statements were made to defame my name and that of my Fine Gael Party, which I was so proud to serve over 20 years, is simply outrageous and typical of Sinn Féin’s efforts to gain power.”

It has emerged that the man who challenged the Sinn Féin's deputy leader was Fergus Crawford, CEO of the Irish branch of a Swiss investment company.

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Mary Lou McDonald was speaking to reporters when Mr Crawford interrupted to complain about Sinn Féin's tax policies.

Refusing to give his name, and described himself only as a “concerned citizen” and a small business man, Mr Crawford accused Sinn Féin of planning to "kill pensions" and taxing high-earners "out of existence".

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