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Sunday 25 September 2016

Sinn Fein attempting to distort past - Micheal Martin

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Micheal Martin and Mary Hanafin
Micheal Martin and Mary Hanafin
Kate Feeney

FIANNA Fail leader Micheal Martin says Sinn Fein cannot be allowed to "distort history" ahead of the 1916 centenary celebrations.

Mr Martin yesterday used the annual Arbour Hill commemoration to launch a scathing attack on Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams.

In his oration, Mr Martin said the party is "unfit for participation in a democratic republican government", and was trying to undermine the 1916 Rising.

Afterwards, he slammed Mr Adams' CBS interview in which he said the death of mother-of-10 Jean McConville was "something that happens" in war.

"I think fundamentally the attempts by Sinn Fein to falsify and distort history deserved a considered and substantial response," he said.

"Particularly the CBS interview, which was Mr Adams' attempt to justify the abduction and murder of Jean McConville on the basis it happens in war."

He added that in the interest of public discussion and democracy, Mr Adams "cannot get away with that kind of simplification and falsification".

He made the address after mass at the Arbour Hill church led by Msgr Eoin Thynne.

In attendance were Fianna Fail front bench TDs Eamon O Cuiv, Timmy Dooley, Brendan Smith and Sean O Fearghail and senators Averil Power and Thomas Byrne.

Councillor Kate Feeney, who won a seat in last year's local elections was there, as was her constituency colleague Mary Hanafin.

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