Fianna Fáil Party Chairman and TD for Cavan-Monaghan Brendan Smith has hit out at Sinn Féin for attempting to politicise 1916 and legitimise the terror campaign of the Provisional IRA. During a speech at the launch of the party’s 1916 Rising Commemorations, the Sinn Féin leader made a number of wholly inappropriate and politically motivated remarks.
Deputy Smith said, “Gerry Adams’ speech last night to a Sinn Féin event concerning the centenary of the 1916 Rising has unfortunately confirmed our fears that Sinn Fein wants to cynically manipulate this national event to legitimise the Provisional IRA.
“This should be an inclusive national commemoration but Provisional Sinn Féin, a party founded in 1970, is now working to distort and manipulate it.
“Mr. Adams’ cynical, party political speech demonstrates once again how he believes that every element of Irish life and society is secondary to the needs of Sinn Féin and the lengths to which they will go to try and inappropriately adopt reputations and symbols for their own ends. Incredibly, for example, Sinn Féin’s election posters include Constance Markievicz – who chaired Fianna Fáil’s inaugural meeting.
“Appropriating the founders of our nation to legitimise the Provisional IRA shows once again that Gerry Adams’ Sinn Féin remains the greatest threat to the high esteem which the Irish people rightly hold for our founding generation”.