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Martin hits out at Taoiseach on the North

‘The affairs of the north are our business.’

Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE FIANNA FÁIL leader has said that it would be “a disgrace” if the Taoiseach told a Northern politician that Stormont was “not our business”.

UUP leader Mike Nesbitt said earlier this week that Enda Kenny told him that “the Irish government’s role would not touch on internal Stormont issues”.

At the Cáirde Fáil dinner last night, Martin remembered Albert Reynolds and said that he would not have given such assurances.

“Neither he or any Fianna Fáil Taoiseach or minister who followed him would ever have agreed that the affairs of Northern Ireland are not our business. According to the Ulster Unionist Party leader this is the very assurance he was given by Enda Kenny last week.

“If it is true it is a disgrace and a direct abandonment of the dynamic central to every major achievement of the peace process.”

Martin also said that in the next election, there will be no “private deals” because of new rules in the party and claimed Fianna Fáil had ‘got Alan Shatter out of a job’.

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