Sinn Fein contains ‘a large number of convicted criminals’, Varadkar told parliament | world news

Sinn Fein contains a “large number of convicted criminals”, including tax evaders and murderers, Irish Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said during a heated argument in the country’s parliament.

The exchange developed when Mr Varadka and Sinn Fein’s Pearse Doherty were debating the cost of living.

Mr Pearse, Sinn Fein’s finance spokesman, claimed the Deputy Prime Minister was ‘out of touch’ with the issue.

Mr Pearse added that Mr Varadkar should be “more humble” given that the Director of Public Prosecutions is investigating his leak of a confidential government document.

But Mr Varadkar said it was a ‘cheap move’ and went on to accuse Sinn Fein of being a ‘hypocritical party’ which ‘receives millions in donations from vagabonds who live in a caravan’.

However, he first tackled the personal story of Mr. Doherty.

“It says a lot about you, about the nature and character of the kind of person you are and it’s especially strange coming from you because you’ve been sued,” Mr Varadkar said.

“You abused, mistreated a Garda Siochana (police officer).

“For that, you were prosecuted, you were found guilty. Yes, you fled without conviction because of your age at the time.

“But you were prosecuted, you were arrested. That’s what happened to you.”

Pearse Doherty
Mr Doherty said Mr Varadkar was ‘out of touch’ with the cost of living

Mr Varadkar, who leads the Fine Gael party, later switched to Sinn Fein.

“There are a lot of convicted felons in your party and in your wider Republican family, whether it’s tax cheats like Slab Murphy, a good Republican, according to Mary Lou McDonald, a good Republican, tax cheat tax. People who have been convicted of murder.”

Mr Varadkar added: “We know what your party’s attitude is towards rape and pedophiles and what you have done about it. So your dirty tricks say a lot more about you than they do. do it on me.”

Mr Pearse also referred to a dinner hosted by Mr Varadkar on Wednesday.

The Deputy Prime Minister said it was another ‘cheap hit’.

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He said: “I hosted a dinner last night to thank my colleagues for their years of service and no public money was involved.

“You have dinner parties in America. You charge people $1,000 per plate to attend and your party leader flies first class to get there.

“That’s what you’re doing in the midst of a cost of living crisis and I believe she (Mary Lou McDonald) is about to announce another first class trip to Australia, which she should undertaking in the next few weeks where she will be toasting with Trinity Australia alumni and meeting the Australian Business Association.”

Mr Varadkar continued: “So this is a low blow, especially coming from a hypocritical party like yours, a party that receives millions in donations from vagabonds who live in a caravan.

“A party that is one of the biggest landlords in the state and a person who runs their constituency office using public money from some kind of Republican corporation.

“So the cheap shots, especially coming from you, should be seen as what they are from the Irish people.”

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