Fianna Fáil TD calls colleagues 'apologists' for Sinn Féin
Fianna Fáil has voted not to enter a coalition with Sinn Féin under any circumstances after a blistering speech in which a TD accused some colleagues of being “apologists” for Gerry Adams’ party.
Just two members voted against the motion on the first night of Fianna Fáil’s Ard Fheis in the RDS.
It followed a brief contribution from Meath West TD Shane Cassells hit out at TDs who have repeatedly opened the door to doing business with Sinn Féin.
“The apologists for Sinn Fein in our own party would want to wake up and smell the coffee. Because in 2011 when we were on our knees these guys were waiting put their boats on our throats,” he said.
Mr Cassell, a first time TD, cited the recent digs for IRA victims Seamus Wright and Kevin McKee outside Navan.
“If you see that in your hometown it has a tendency to colour you view. I make no apologies for taking a hard-line stance and ruling out doing any sort of a deal with the Shinners,” he said.
Mr Cassells said the party needed to rid itself of talk of coalescing “with those that would ultimately seek to destroy us”.
“We should have absolutely no truck whatsoever with this organisation. You don’t deal with a serpent by inviting it into your bed.
“For all the talk of this party being some reformed cuddly organisation with their leader tweeting about their teddy bear and doing Pilates with Leo, you don’t have to scratch the surface too far to uncover the real serpent,” Mr Cassells said.
He added: “We should reject the notion of any party member, even those within the prestige position of the Parliamentary Party of trying to bring us down any other road. “