Friday 22 June 2018

No change in SF 'nature' despite end of Adams: FF

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams Picture: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams Picture: REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Sinn Féin "hasn't changed its nature" despite moves for a generational shift in its leadership, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has said.

The Opposition leader believes the passing on the baton from Gerry Adams to Mary Lou McDonald will make little difference because Sinn Féin is "a very centrally controlled party".

Again ruling out any prospect of entering a coalition with Sinn Féin, Mr Martin told the Irish Independent that "very dangerous" political moves had been in Northern Ireland. He denied there was a rump of TDs within his party who were willing to do business with Sinn Féin depending on the results of the next election.

A number of Fianna Fáil TDs, including John McGuinness, Kevin O'Keeffe, John Brassil and Aindrias Moynihan, have refused to completely rule out the prospect of a future coalition.

But Mr Martin says the idea that not everybody is on board with the official Fianna Fáil stance has been "overplayed".

"I've met these individuals and they are fully on board. The party took a position on it. I've had discussions and they are on board. They know the policy isn't going to change," he said.

Irish Independent

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