Sinn Féin ac­tivist caught cut­ting down FG poster

Irish Independent - - News - Philip Ryan

A KEY sup­porter of Sinn Féin TD Dessie El­lis has been pho­tographed us­ing a bolt-cut­ter to re­move a poster ad­ver­tis­ing a Fine Gaelor­gan­ised event in re­la­tion new bus routes.

Sinn Féin sup­porter Mick McA­dam at­tended the event, hosted by Fine Gael TD Noel Rock in Fin­glas, Dublin – be­fore leav­ing to cut down the poster out­side the venue.

Af­ter pro­duc­ing a set of bolt-cut­ters, Mr McA­dam re­moved the poster in full view of those at­tend­ing the meet­ing at the Sham­rock Lodge bar last Wed­nes­day.

On­look­ers pho­tographed the Sinn Féin sup­porter as he used the heavy-duty hand­held tool to cut the ca­ble ties hold­ing up the Fine Gael poster.

Once the poster had been taken down from the lamp post, Mr McA­dam put it un­der his arm and walked off.

Mr McA­dam has pre­vi­ously been pictured on­line while can­vass­ing along­side Mr El­lis in Fin­glas and is a reg­u­lar at­tendee at Sinn Féin events in the area.

Mr Rock said he was “dis­ap­pointed but not sur­prised” be­cause Sinn Féin had a “his­tory of mak­ing things dis­ap­pear”.

He con­tin­ued: “It shows the anti-demo­cratic streak that runs through Sinn Féin, from its mem­ber­ship to its un­elected lead­er­ship.

“I’d know Michael to McA­dam to see. He is one of Sinn Féin’s key peo­ple in Fin­glas. It is clear as day what hap­pened here – they have been caught red-handed try­ing to sup­press my work in Fin­glas.”

Sinn Féin has turned down re­peated re­quests for com­ment.

The party was sent pho­to­graphs of the in­ci­dent and was asked whether Mr McA­dam had been told by the party to re­move the Fine Gael poster.

Sinn Féin was also asked where Mr McA­dam got the bolt-cut­ters.

How­ever, the party’s press of­fice ig­nored emails, phone calls and text mes­sages seek­ing com­ment.

Mr El­lis con­firmed he had been con­tacted by Sinn Féin about the in­ci­dent but in­sisted he didn’t know any­thing about it be­cause he was on hol­i­day at the time.

Proof

“I don’t want a pro­longed con­ver­sa­tion be­cause I re­ally don’t want to com­ment on any­thing that I don’t know any­thing about,” he said.

When it was put to him that Mr McA­dam works with him, Mr El­lis hung up the phone.

Mr Rock said: “Since 2016, some 168 posters of mine have gone miss­ing at a cost of €10 per poster. We now have clear proof of one of them be­ing taken by a key mem­ber of Sinn Féin in Fin­glas and we have re­ported it to the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties.”

Mick McA­dam uses a bolt-cut­ters to take down a poster about a pub­lic meet­ing hosted by Fine Gael’s Noel Rock. In­set: Mr McA­dam with Sinn Féin TD Dessie El­lis

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