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Varadkar: Sinn Fein’s ‘carefully fabricated image clashes with every single historical fact’

Extra.ie logo Extra.ie 07/01/2022 Louise Burne

Sinn Fein has created a ‘carefully fabricated image’ which ‘clashes with every single historical fact’ that shows it endorsed the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will say today.

The Fine Gael leader will give an online speech to party members to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty.

The Treaty, which led to the partition of Ireland, was ratified by the Dáil 100 years ago today on January 7, 1922. It was passed by 64 votes to 57.

Varadkar will say that Sinn Féin has created a ‘carefully fabricated image’ which ‘clashes with every single historical fact’ that shows it endorsed the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Pic: Julien Behal Photography © Provided by Extra.ie Varadkar will say that Sinn Féin has created a ‘carefully fabricated image’ which ‘clashes with every single historical fact’ that shows it endorsed the Anglo-Irish Treaty. Pic: Julien Behal Photography

The signing caused clashes within Sinn Féin and ultimately led to the creation of two new parties; Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. The ratification of the Treaty was followed by the Irish Civil War of June 1922 to May 1923.

During his speech this evening, Mr Varadkar will say that today’s members ‘ignore every single historical fact’ about its party’s origins and its role in the Treaty.

‘It is perhaps worth pointing out, since some seem to deny it, that every single one of the 121 TDs who voted 100 years ago was a member of Sinn Fein.

‘A majority of Sinn Fein TDs endorsed the Treaty. In the recent decades, other people have come to claim that particular political identity and branding as their own.’ Pic: Damien Storan/PA Wire © Provided by Extra.ie ‘A majority of Sinn Fein TDs endorsed the Treaty. In the recent decades, other people have come to claim that particular political identity and branding as their own.’ Pic: Damien Storan/PA Wire

‘A majority of Sinn Fein TDs endorsed the Treaty. In the recent decades, other people have come to claim that particular political identity and branding as their own.

‘They can do so only by ignoring every single historical fact that clashes with their carefully fabricated self-image.

‘They appeal to the past, based on a falsification of history and claim a lineage that is not real.’

The Fine Gael leader will give an online speech to party members to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty. Pic: RTE © Provided by Extra.ie The Fine Gael leader will give an online speech to party members to mark the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the Treaty. Pic: RTE

Mr Varadkar is expected to criticise Sinn Fein for ‘undermining’ the State’s success and ‘sowing despair’ in times of hope.

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