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Thursday 25 April 2019

Fine Gael launch blistering attack on Sinn Fein policy

FINE Gael today opened a new front on Sinn Fein, attacking the party's policy of "economic terrorism."

Claims by the Sinn Fein president that he wants to "put manners on all these other guys" was rejected in a blistering attack by FG's director of elections.

FG's director of elections Phil Hogan writes in the Herald today that voters "should not experiment with more economic terrorism Sinn Fein-style".

Despite trying to deflect from his past Mr Adams was still dogged by his IRA connections.

He attempted to drag Eamon Gilmore into the controversy by saying journalists should be asking the Labour leader about his skeletons.

A spokesman for Mr Gilmore told the Herald that trying to link him to the IRA was "laughable".

"Gerry Adams is clutching at straws," he said.



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The controversy over Adams's repeated denials that he was a member of the terrorist body was sparked by the views of IRA victim Jean McConville's family who say that Adams is "dancing on her grave".

Mr Adams issued the Herald with a legal threat after we published an interview with Mrs McConville's daughter Helen McKendry who said Adams should not be standing in Louth where her mum's body was buried.

Adams is under pressure from all the main political parties who have called on him to come clean about his past.

During a live radio broadcast RTE's Pat Kenny said that the issue of Mr Adams's membership of the IRA was persistently coming up because the public didn't believe his denials.

"They say how is it possible for someone so central in negotiations with the British government in the early days when you were a prisoner and so on around that time, they say how is it possible it credible (that you weren't a member of the IRA)?

"So that's their difficulty. They don't mind you being in the IRA. They don't mind Martin McGuinness being in the IRA, it's just your answer," Mr Kenny said. In reply, the SF President said: "Okay, fair enough. Why don't you ask Eamon Gilmore the same question?

"What I'm saying is that what's good enough for the goose is good enough for the gander. I don't want to get into all that stuff but if you keep preaching about me, do the same about other people."

Mr Gilmore was a member of a group affiliated to Official Sinn Fein, the extreme left wing republican organisation, during the 1970s.

But his spokesman told the Herald that it was "laughable suggestion" that Mr Gilmore was involved criminal activity.

kdoyle@herald.ie

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