29/01/2015

President Should Not Be Focus Of Protests - Gerry Adams

President Michael D Higgins should not be the focus of political protests, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said.

President Higgins was the focus of abuse last week, when a group of protesters were waiting on him to leave an event.

Mr Adams said: "I want to condemn the ugly verbal abuse of Úachtaran na hÉireann, Michael D Higgins during a street protest over the Water Charges issue last Friday.

"This type of behaviour is unacceptable and does not advance the cause which those involved claim to support.

"Úachtaran na hÉireann has a very specific and important designated role under the Constitution and I believe it is inappropriate for the President to be the focus of political protests."

(MH/CD)

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