This country has more than its fair share of arrogant politicians and near the top of that list is the Fianna Fail leader, Michael Martin, the TD from Cork. It is difficult to know what this man’s motives are other than hatred of Sinn Fein and the fear that they will overtake and wipe out his beloved FF. His remarks today on RTE radio in the wake of Martin McGuinness’ resignation were pathetic. He had not the grace to acknowledge the important role Martin has played in bringing peace to this country and the role he has played in the northern executive during the past 10 years. All that Martin could do was denounce both Sinn Fein and the DUP. There was no attempt by him to place the blame for the current crisis where it belongs with Arlene Foster and the DUP. For Michael Martin this was another opportunity to hammer Sinn Fein.
Michael Martin represents the worst elements in Fianna Fail. They use every opportunity to besmirch the reputation of Sinn Fein leaders. They not only attack Sinn Fein but those of us who over many years have been working to bring about peace with justice on this island. I remember in the early 1990s when I was involved in the reopening of the border roads I had to endure accusations and condemnation from a FF gombeen man in Donegal. These FF are a total disgrace and they should have no part in the future political life of this country especially after what they did to ruin the economy in the 26 counties.
I have known some decent people in FF especially along the border but they are not represented by the smooth talking Cork man.
Michael Martin thinks that he and FF will one day be back in power. God help Ireland if that ever comes about.