The Sinn Féin representative for Cork South Central has laughed off the “phoney war” between his constituency colleagues, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin.
Speaking to The Echo on Tuesday, Deputy Martin labelled the Fine Gael-led Government as “stale,” while Mr Coveney warned against voting in a Fianna Fáil Government.
Sinn Féin’s Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire has said they’re fooling nobody: “Sinn Féin is the clear and most effective alternative to the failed politics of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Micheál Martin has backed Fine Gael all the way since 2016.” He said that both parties have stood up for people at the top, such as landlords, vulture funds, and insurance companies who are ripping people off.
“They have been happy political partners since 2016, bar the odd spat for PR purposes. Now, they want people to believe that they are fierce opponents. It’s a bit ridiculous,” Deputy Ó Laoghaire said.
“Micheál Martin had his chance to oppose the bad policies of Fine Gael and Simon Coveney and he passed. Instead, he joined with them in implementing a programme for government that has been disastrous for workers and families in Cork. Sinn Féin is the party leading the opposition to the Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil cosy club politics,” he added.
Deputy Ó Laoghaire said that the people of the Cork South Central constituency know “the truth.” “Simon Coveney and Micheál Martin are co-architects of record high rents and of the overcrowding crisis that is strangling Cork’s hospitals. While families in this constituency are well acquainted with the astronomical cost of childcare, something about which both have done very little to address. In fact, they have stood shoulder to shoulder in blocking progressive solutions to these problems as proposed by Sinn Féin and others,” he said.
“Clearly, Micheál and Simon have been bitten by the election bug and the fever is high. However, I don’t see many people buying their newly found hostility. It’s a bluff and it is extremely immature,” Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire concluded.