North Tipperary Sinn Fein councillor Seamus Morris has strongly criticised the founding president of the University of Limerick over remarks he made when opening the eight Dromineer Literary Festival last Friday at Lough Derg Yacht Club.
During his speech, Dr Walsh had said that the North’s deputy first minister had “serious questions to answer regarding IRA activities during the many years while in a position of authority within the organisation”.
“Standing before the judges in The Hague answering questions related to war crimes and IRA activities would appear to be more fitting that standing before the Irish electorate seeking the highest office in the Republic,” Dr Walsh told the audience, which included writers Dermot Healy and Vincent McDonnell as well as the Mayor of North Tipperary, Cllr Micheal Lowry.
However, Cllr Morris told the Tipperary Star that he was “very disappointed to see Ed Walsh use the wonderful Dromineer Literary Festival to express his pro-establishment views of presidential candidate Martin McGuinness”.
The Nenagh town and county councillor said that Dr Walsh was “well known for his anti-working class views” and was “not slow in using every altar to sermon working class people about living beyond their means”.
Cllr Morris pointed out that last year, Dr Walsh had demanded that the Government make over E20bn of cuts which would have left thousands of families devastated financially.
“He was also a strong proponent of lowering the minimum wage. Of course, Mr Walsh joins other elites like Peter Sutherland who dictate down from their ivory towers whilst living on a huge pensions paid for by the same taxpayers who they want to see losing their livelihoods homes and hopes. It is these type of people who are the real architects and supporters of the type of austerity measures that working class people are facing across Europe to pay off greedy bondholders and banksters in a sick social project, which, of course, doesn’t effect Mr Walsh’s or Mr Sutherland’s obese pensions.”
He said that while the festival committee should not be giving public forums to such people, “their naivety was badly exposed and abused by Mr Walsh”.
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