Kerry Sinn Fein councillors defend Northern colleagues not taking Westminster seats

Sinn Fein Kerry County Councillors have hit back at criticism of their counterparts in Northern Ireland not taking their seats in Westminster.

Fine Gael Cllr Pat McCarthy said it was a disgrace that those elected MPs in the recent election will not take up their seats.
Cllr Pat McCarthy likened the situation to be invited to a wedding and looking in a window while everyone else is eating their dinner.

Sinn Fein Cllr Damian Quigg said the seven MPs would not swear allegiance to the British Queen, the people of the North were aware they would not be taking their seats and despite this secured over a quarter of a million votes.

He offered to explain the situation at another time to Cllr McCarthy.

Sinn Finn Cllr Pa Daly asking did Michael Collins take his seat.

Their party colleague Cllr Robert Beasley said he was proud to be associated with the party; the people had a choice between Sinn Fein and the SDLP, which he branded “a disgrace just like Fianna Fail down here”.

Fianna Fail Cllr Norma Foley said she took grave exception to Cllr Beasley’s comments on the SDLP pointing to Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume and was angered that the party was being disparaged in the chamber.

She called on Cllr Beasley to withdraw the disgraceful comment.