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Adams gets pilloried for Cahill gaffe in TV debate

By Staff Reporter

Published 24/02/2016

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams

Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams is being slated for asking "who is Senator Cahill" after the story of abuse victim Mairia Cahill was raised by Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a televised leaders' debate on RTE last night.

Mr Kenny said the Sinn Fein leader "defends Mr Murphy" in reference to tax cheat Thomas 'Slab' Murphy "but won't defend Senator Cahill".

A confused Mr Adams asked who Senator Cahill was before it was explained to him.

He also insisted he was fit to be Taoiseach despite his associations with the IRA and recent difficulties in explaining his party's tax policies.

"These parties would rather discuss the IRA or my ability to count, when what people want is political leadership," he said, pointing at Enda Kenny, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin and Labour's Joan Burton.

Ms Burton also hit out at Mr Adams over Mr Murphy, saying he had "bags and bags" of money in his hay-sheds but Sinn Fein still call him a "good republican".

Sinn Fein later tried to row back on the Mairia Cahill gaffe, saying Mr Adams may have misheard the name as 'Sandra' Cahill.

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