Sinn Fein accuse Fine Gael Deputy McHugh of gross hypocrisy

Sinn Féin have accused Fine Gael Deputy Joe McHugh of gross hypocrisy, saying his criticism of Sinn Fein and calls for unity this week are in stark contrast to what he said when he was in opposition.

Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn says he was attacked for speaking out about the fact that only 1 out of 239 sponsored site visits by potential investors organised by the IDA in 2012 were in Donegal.

He says Joe Mc Hugh in opposition would have agreed.

Donegal Sinn Fein say that Fine Gael in government are singing a very different song on the jobs crisis in Donegal from when they were in opposition. They go on to publish quotes that they say demonstrate gross hypocrisy.

This week, Fine Gael TD Joe Mc Hugh accussed his Donegal North East Sinn Fein counterpart Padraig Mac Lochlainn of persistent negativity, saying that a positive approach would be more useful.

However, when exactly the same criticism was made of Deputy Mc Hugh in opposition in 2008, his response then was to say that Fianna Fail believed they had a right to attack him for highlighting the problems, while continuing to defend a government that was totally indefensible.

In 2010, Deputy Mc Hugh said “It is absolutely galling that the Government is pouring €25 billion of taxpayers’ money into dead banks and have no interest in spending money on protecting jobs. When will they pour money into Donegal?

Later that year, he demanded to know what the IDA was actually doing to attract jobs and investment to Donegal North East.