Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has been asked again to outline what measures his party intends to take following the comments from Donegal Fianna Fáil Councillor Sean McEniff on RTE’s Morning Ireland, where he repeated his call for the segregation of Travellers from settled communities.
The call comes from Sinn Féin Justice and Equality spokesperson, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “Since Cllr McEniff first made his disgraceful and reckless call a number of weeks ago, there has been a deafening silence from his party leader, Mícháel Martin.
“This is an appalling lack of leadership by Fianna Fáil. When it comes to citizens’ rights that party clearly likes to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds.
“Last year, Fianna Fáil councillors blocked a motion before Donegal County Council in support of marriage equality for same sex couples even though Mícháel Martin had weeks before chastised the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, across the Dáil chamber on Fine Gael’s position on the issue. Not a word of criticism was issued publicly by Míchael Martin after his party’s 11 councillors prevented Donegal County Council supporting the motion.
“It is not good enough for Micheál Martin or any other party spokesperson to state that these actions are the ‘personal positions’ of the councillors involved. They are not independents. They were all elected under the Fianna Fáil banner and Fianna Fáil must answer for their actions.”
Speaking tonight on TV3 with vincent Browne, Deputy Mac Lochlainn repeated his call for action to be taken against Cllr McEniff.