In what seems a recurring and successful strategy and epitomised in many ways by the trouncing of Gerry Adams by Michael Martin in their most recent TV debate, the FF leader has taken another pop at SF!
In today’s Sun newspaper (makes a change from the Bindo, I suppose!), and in addition to holding flawed policies, Martin accuses SF of engaging in “bully boy” tactics and of containing “a certain element” who “engage in intimidation for political points”. Martin then goes on to reference a recent Siptu march in Cork in which he says he was harassed by SF members.
“Mr Martin was also anxious to dampen speculation that there could be a future link-up with Gerry Adams’ Sinn Fein, stressing: “Their policies are not compatible with ours, particularly on the economy.”
And he launched a scathing attack on Sinn Fein, accusing members of the party of harassing him during a Siptu march in his native Cork in support of home helps.
“Actions and behaviour emanating from members of that party I would have concerns about,” he said, when singling out pickets on offices of TDs.
“I think that’s wrong... they are in parliament and they can make their points of view there.
“Not all members of Sinn Fein, but a certain element engage in intimidation for political points — they did that in the North with the SDLP. There are attempting to do that down here.
“We now have a situation where city councils are being interfered with and that is dangerous. That’s what happened in the 1930s in Germany.”
I’ll never Fianna Fail back on Sinn Fein | The Sun |Irish News
Interesting to see what will be SF's response to the above?! Would they just be better of ignoring it as any discussion of the above does not suit SF politically? Martin is knowingly touching on some things that spook potential SF voters and there's nothing to be gained for SF in the highlighting and furthering of such a discussion?