McGahon launches attack on Adams - Former Louth TD calls for people to snub Sinn Féin president

FORMER Louth TD Brendan McGahon launched a scathing attack on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams on LMFM radio on Monday afternoon, encouraging local voters to snub him in the upcoming General Election.

FORMER Louth TD Brendan McGahon launched a scathing attack on Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams on LMFM radio on Monday afternoon, encouraging local voters to snub him in the upcoming General Election.

Speaking to Gerry Kelly, Fine Gael man McGahon - a TD in this constituency between 1982 and 2002 - made a series of remarks about the Belfast man, many of which are unable to be reproduced.

Speaking about the man who hopes to retain the seat currently held by Arthur Morgan, McGahon said: "He parachuted himself into this constituency and I resent his appearance in Dundalk.

"As a man who represented this town and county for 20 years, I would hate to see Adams representing Dundalk and Louth."

McGahon, who now resides in Ravensdale, made a series of allegations relating to Mr Adams' past and said it "deeply concerns" him.

When it was pointed out to him that Mr Adams had never been convicted of any offence, McGahon said: "that doesn't absolve him in my eyes."

McGahon continued to question Adams' status as a candidate in this constituency and concluded: "I think the majority of people who love their home and their town will reject him. I want him kept out of Leinster House at all costs as it will not do County Louth or Dundalk any good to have him there."

Asked about his opinion on outgoing minister Dermot Ahern, McGahon defended the Fianna Fil man, saying: "Ahern did his best.

"The difference between him and Adams is day and night."

He also defended the Blackrock man over criticism he received regarding the closure of services in the Louth Hospital.

"I couldn't have kept the hospital open if I was there and neither could Dermot. The government and the HSE make those decisions. He did all he could and Louth has lost an honest and capable man."

McGahon, who was renowned for his outspoken nature in the Dil and who will forever be remembered as the only TD to challenge the abolition of the death sentence from the constitution, also suggested that Louth boss Peter Fitzpatrick should not be allowed to run for Fine Gael in the upcoming election.

Fitzpatrick was approached by the party before Christmas to seek a nomination at their upcoming convention but has yet to decide on whether to accept it or not.

Speaking about the matter, McGahon said: "I've never met Peter Fitzpatrick and I don't know him but irrespective of whether he's the Louth manager or a tap dancer we should reject the system of parachuting people in.

"I've nothing against Peter Fitzpatrick but he has never served his time. If he wants to get involved he should jump the first hurdle which is the urban council, then the county council and then if he has a big enough vote he can go for the Dil."

McGahon said bringing someone like Fitzpatrick in was "madness" and brought politics down to a "low level."

He said he believed Fine Gael needed to have three candidates in the upcoming election and said Fergus O'Dowd, Colm Markey and Jim D'Arcy should be the trio, saying they had "laboured in the vineyard."

l Former Louth TD Brendan McGahon