Joan Burton says Sinn Fein are trying to explain away the IRA's campaign of sectarian violence

Joan Burton says Sinn Fein are trying to explain away the IRA's campaign of sectarian violence

The Tánaiste and Labour leader has tonight launched a stinging attack on Sinn Fein accusing the party of trying to hijack the history of the country.

Joan Burton has tonight addressed a private party meeting in Cork around the launch of Labour's Munster 1916 exhibition.

The Tánaiste and Labour leader says the ideals of Republicanism does not belong to any one party, but accuses some of wanting to rewrite history for their own ends.

She says we have already seen efforts by Sinn Fein to appropriate the events of the revolutionary period and she expects we'll see more of it.

But she says this is a deliberate distortion of history, adding Sinn Fein had precious little to do with the events of 1916.

Joan Burton says Sinn Fein is trying to hijack the history of the country to explain away the IRA's campaign of sectarian violence and the criminality that spawned from it.

And she adds that many in Sinn Fein can't even bring themselves to use the name of the State, the Republic of Ireland, adding it's part self delusion, part hypocrisy.

Ms Burton was also confronted by Irish Water protesters.


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