Labour TD Gerald Nash has launched a war of words against Gerry Adams in wake of comments made by the Sinn Fein TD at their Ard Fheis over the weekend.
The Labour TD described Adams as detached from reality and said that he would not take “lectures on principles” from him.
“As a Labour Party TD, I will not take lectures on principles from Gerry Adams or anybody else in Sinn Fein.
“Gerry Adams detachment from reality is evidenced yet again by his populist rant today about not paying bailout loans.
“He fails to tell us how he proposes to make social welfare payments, how to pay our nurses and guards and how to pay for the building of schools. Does Gerry have a little money tree in his back garden?
“I’m not sure if it’s a question of economic illiteracy or cynical political opportunism, but either way, Gerry Adams seems to have no compunction about playing Russian Roulette with people’s social welfare payments and putting our country’s recovery in jeopardy.
“The people of Ireland are not buying Gerry Adams’ Fairy tale economics, because they know that Sinn Fein’s approach would damage Ireland’s recovery and put our fragile job growth back into reverse.
“Unlike Sinn Fein, Labour has put Ireland first. We will not run away from the challenges that we face us as a party of government, and we will not let the people of Ireland down by ducking out of our commitment to fix this country.”