Monday 20 August 2018

'We need more substance' - Sinn Féin TD hits back at Varadkar over Mary Lou McDonald comments

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
John Downing

John Downing

For the third day in a row there have been bitter comments from Sinn Féin about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Sinn Féin veteran TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has strongly defended his party’s deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald, after two days of extraordinary exchanges between herself and the Taoiseach.

Mr Ó Caoláin, a TD for Cavan-Monaghan for 20 years, defended what many TDs viewed as strange behaviour by his party deputy leader on Wednesday when she directly approached the Taoiseach after a very sour exchange of words.

“What I don’t approve of is the goading of the Taoiseach which I think is inappropriate for someone in his position,” Ó Caoláin said.

“Let’s not put a tooth in it. Let’s say it exactly as we see it. As the most choreographed politician in the land, for him to take up a position of accusation against Mary Lou McDonald, for doing her job as our frontline spokesperson yesterday at Leaders’ Questions, is quite ironic,” the Sinn Féin TD added.

Mr Ó Caoláin challenged the Taoiseach to engage seriously in Dáil debate and fully answer questions being asked by TDs. “We need more substance and less of the imagery with which he has a long association,” he added.

On Tuesday the Taoiseach compared Mary Lou McDonald with French Front National leader, Marine Le Pen, and during a Dáil row on Wednesday he effectively accused Ms McDonald of reading from a script prepared elsewhere.

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