Updated: 13/04/18 : 05:01:46
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Save the 8th calls for minister to withdraw from Roscommon 'Together for Yes' launch

Save the 8th has called on Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan to withdraw from a speaking engagement in Roscommon scheduled for next Friday, April 20th.

Minister Madigan is due to launch the Roscommon “Together for Yes” campaign alongside Together for Yes spokeswoman Janet Ní Shúilleabháin.

Miss Ní Shúilleabháin famously responded to the death of former TD Peter Mathews with a tweet saying “Frankly I am glad he is dead”. She has never apologised.

The Minister’s decision to share a platform with someone who cheered the death of her constituency colleague shows a “catastrophic error of judgment”, Save the 8th says.

It follows a decision this week by Simon Harris, Minister for Health, to launch Amnesty Ireland’s “YES” campaign despite the fact that that organisation is refusing to obey the electoral laws and is in breach of an order to return an 'illegal foreign donation' of almost €150,000.

Commenting, Save the 8th communications director John McGuirk said, “This is genuinely quite shocking. Peter Mathews served in the same constituency as Minister Madigan. He was her party colleague. He was and remains respected across Irish society.

For the minister to share a platform with someone who said something so grotesque and disgusting about her late colleague at the moment of his death is a catastrophic error of judgment.

This was not an idle comment, either. It was not heat of the moment. Miss  Ní Shúilleabháin has never apologised for it. To this day, she stands over it. This is the calibre of person that 'Together for Yes' has chosen to represent them in County Roscommon.

This comes after Simon Harris’s disgraceful decision to cuddle up to Colm O’Gorman and Amnesty Ireland, who remain 'outside the law' and apparently intent on remaining there.

Those Fine Gael Ministers campaigning for a YES vote are keeping some very dubious company.

We are calling on Minister Madigan to show some leadership and cancel her speaking engagement in Roscommon until such time as Janet Ní Shúilleabháin is removed from the programme. She has called for a “respectful debate”. This will show a lot about whether she means it”.