Kenny attacks Adams over Special Criminal Court

Fianna Fáil launches economic strategy; Sinn Féin to describe plans to abolish property tax; Right to Change group to outline proposals

Kenny attacks Adams over Special Criminal Court

Taoiseach Enda Kenny (centre) with Ministers Leo Varadkar and Frances Fitzgerald answering questions at Fine Gael Media HQ in the Dogpatch Labs, CHQ Building in Dublin | Image:

Day six of the race for Leinster House has seen Fine Gael and Labour go on the attack on Sinn Féin.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny wants Gerry Adams to comment on speculation that the guns used in last Friday's gangland murder could have been part of a cargo brought in by the Provisional IRA.

The Continuity IRA has claimed responsibility for the attack, which killed David Byrne and seriously injured two others.

Adams said today that the Continuity IRA have made death threats against him and said of the group: "They are not the IRA. The IRA are gone and the weapons are gone."

In 2015 Sinn Féin's Martin McGuinness revealed that he had been warned by the PSNI of Continuity IRA plans to murder him. 

Fine Gael were announcing 'better services' including their plan to hire an additional 10,000 nurses, doctors, gardaí and teachers today, when Kenny made his remarks on Adams and the Special Criminal Court.

Enda Kenny says there is no place for these groups in society and the Special Criminal Court is needed to deal with them, and in a fiery speech to Fine Gael supporters demanded that the 'Sinn Féin President better address this'.

But the gangland murder came up and Enda Kenny called for a response from the Sinn Féin President.

As Labour were announcing their economic plans including a sugar tax and annual hikes in cigarettes, Tánaiste Joan Burton backed up the Taoiseach's call.

Sinn Féin were today outlining how they will scrap the property tax. Finance spokesman Pearse Doherty responded to An Taoiseach.

Fianna Fáil meanwhile has been outlining tax and spending proposals, the Green Party focus today is on part of Dublin city centre becoming pedestrianised.

Renua is focusing on rural policing, and the Anti-Austerity Alliance are predicting a 'political revolution', saying they could be in line to take a seat in Limerick.

Meanwhile, a former Fianna Fáil TD says he would be open to the idea of a "national stability" coalition government.

Sean Haughey, son of former Taoiseach Charles Haughey, is running in Dublin North-Central in the general election.

He says he is fully behind the stance of Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin on not forming a coalition with either Fine Gael or Sinn Féin.

But Mr Haughey, who lost his seat in 2011, says a coalition would be preferable to having to hold another general election.

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