Tuesday 19 November 2019

Micheál Martin called a 'gurrier' by a Sinn Féin TD in heated Dail exchanges

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin
Letter: Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn
Philip Ryan

Philip Ryan

FIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin has been called a “gurrier” by a Sinn Féin TD during a Dáil debate on the shock revelation that Provisional IRA members believe they run Gerry Adams’ party.

During heated exchanges, Mr Martin was also called “idiotic” by Mr Adams for suggesting the Northern Ireland institutes should be suspended amidst the controversy over the re-emergence of the provos.

Donegal TD Padraig Mac Lochlainn called the Fianna Fáil leader a “gurrier” as Mr Martin was asking Taoiseach Enda Kenny if he would establish a cross border agency to tackle crime on foot of the findings of the MI5 and PSNI report on paramilitary activities.

“I’ve just been called a gurrier by deputy Mac Lochlainn. That is the type of intimidation that people engage in when they are challenged,” he added.

Mr Kenny said he has differences of opinion with Mr Martin, before adding “but I have never descended to the level of what you have been called from the far side.”

“We might have difference on politics but we don’t have to descend to that level,” the Taoiseach added.

Sinn Féin members later laughed and jeered as Mr Kenny raised concerns about the revelations in the report on paramilitaries.

Mr Martin pointed out that criminals convicted of handling the proceeds of the Northern Ireland bank robbery included a failed Sinn Féin election candidate, fundraiser and party member.

Micheál Martin also said the peace process belongs to everyone “not just one political party”.

Mr Kenny said there will be a Dáil debate in two weeks’ time on the both the PSNI and garda reports paramilitaries.

Gerry Adams said Sinn Fein have advocated a cross border group as suggested by Mr Martin

Mr Adams also says Mr Martin made an “idiotic call” to suspend institutions in the North.

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