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war of words Fine Gael TD Colm Burke says tweets sent out by members of Sinn Féin are 'crafted'


Colm Burke

Colm Burke

Colm Burke

Fine Gael TD Colm Burke has claimed that tweets sent out by members of Sinn Féin “have been very carefully crafted”.

Speaking this morning ahead of Sinn Féin TD Brian Stanley’s statement to the Dáil over controversial remarks he made, Deputy Burke said he had a problem with some of the “messages” being issued by Stanley’s party.

Deputy Burke, who is also a member of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of which Stanley is the chair, told Newstalk Breakfast there needs to be an apology in the Dáil chamber.

"I was in the Public Accounts Committee and I requested that he would make a statement in the Dáil... because I believe the Dáil was the appropriate place for him to make that statement," he said.

"I think it's important that he establishes his own credibility from the point of view of being chair of the Public Accounts Committee."

Stanley, who is due to address his tweets that linked the War of Independence to the Northern Ireland Troubles, will not resign or take questions over his remarks for which he has already apologised.

Deputy Stanley was also forced to deny that a second tweet commenting on Tánaiste Leo Varadkar's sexuality after he was elected leader of Fine Gael had “homophobic inferences”, as claimed by Taoiseach Micheál Martin.

However, Deputy Burke said he had a "problem about tweets sent out by members of Sinn Féin over the last number of months and years".

"Some of them have been very carefully crafted, these are not tweets sent out by accident," he claimed.

"It's about sending out a message, which I think it's important.

"If you go back to the War of Independence, the 1918 election sent out a clear mandate in Ireland at that time: the IRA never had a mandate for the 30 years of violence".

Deputy Burke also said the tweet in relation to Mr Varadkar was “wrong”.

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