LOCAL Senator Mark Dearey has responded to comments made by Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness on Friday night's Late Late Show over his party president Gerry Adams' alleged involvement with the IRA.
Responding to a question from Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy on the night, Northern Irish Deputy First Minister McGuinness said he didn't think "the people of West Belfast are that curious about whether or not Gerry Adams was in the IRA or not."
Senator Dearey - who will run against Adams in the next General Election in this constituency as a representative of the Green Party - said he was 'curious' to find out whether or not the Sinn Fin leader was in the IRA or not though.
He also said that the people of the area had a right to an answer to the question.
In a statement on the matter, the Spirit Store publican said: "The people of West Belfast are of course entitled to their own views on this matter but I myself am more than curious and I daresay most constituents in Louth and East Meath are curious too.
"As a Louth man born and reared I remember the spectre of the IRA hanging over our county. I know the damage the Troubles did to the development of the county and in particular to Dundalk, something we are still getting over.
"It follows that anyone putting themselves forward for election with a question mark over their involvement with the IRA, should clarify their position to allow people to make an informed decision," said Senator Dearey.