Sunday 17 December 2017

FF and SF quarrel the first of many as electoral rivalry intensifies

Liam Fay

Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin are accusing each other of playing politics with the issue of child abuse. Following the sentencing of Liam Adams, brother of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, Fianna Fáil's Micheál Martin has claimed that the republican movement hushed up several other cases of sexual abuse by "dealing" with them internally. In response, Sinn Féin figures have accused Martin of disgraceful opportunism. "A new low" is the preferred phrase.

On one level, the row is a foretaste of the bitter mud-slinging we can expect from Fianna Fáilers and Shinners as their electoral rivalry intensifies.

On another level, however, the quarrel is a heartening development. For the first time in recent memory, after all, both parties are 100pc right.

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