4 December 2008 Edition
Fianna Fáil patriotism only skin deep - Sharkey
At the monument the proceedings were chaired by Sinn Féin Louth County Councillor Pearse McGeough. Wreaths were laid on behalf of the O’Carroll family by Donna Sloan and on behalf of the Tierney family by Johnny Bradley. Wreaths were also laid on behalf of the Republican Movement, Louth Sinn Féin Comhairle Ceantair, the O’Carroll Tierney Sinn Féin Cumann and the Geeney/McGeough Sinn Féin Cumann and the Last Post and Reville was played.
The main speaker was Louth County councillor and EU candidate for Ireland East Constituency, Tomás Sharkey, who delivered the main address.
During the course of his remarks Sharkey said:
“Sinn Féin worked so hard on the Lisbon Treaty that 199,000 people in Ireland East voted with us and against the Treaty. We defeated the Treaty in Ireland East. This is the only area that has no MEP to represent the will of the majority. The two Fine Gael and one Fianna Fáil MEPs are hell bent on continuing their campaign to force the Lisbon Agenda on us.
“They have fallen into the trap of being Europe’s representatives in Ireland and not the Irish people’s representatives in Europe. Only 90,000 of those ‘No’ voters would elect an MEP here and that is our goal.
“Next year will see a hard fought election for MEP and Council seats. For us republicans, elections are the good times. They bring out the best in us. They bring us together on missions and manoeuvres. We enjoy the companionship, adrenalin, activity of an election campaign.
“We can do a lot in these elections. This has been an interesting week. Fianna Fáil has taken to lecturing us all about patriotism in times of economic downturn. Their patriotism is barely skin deep. How can you claim patriotism while punishing children, elderly and the sick for your mismanagement of the economy. How can you claim patriotism when you plan to usurp the results of a Referendum? How can you claim patriotism when you chicken out of trying to get an All Island VAT rate?”