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Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Mr Martin says the Tánaiste is taking cheap shots.	Picture: Jim Coughlan
Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin and Tánaiste Simon Coveney. Mr Martin says the Tánaiste is taking cheap shots. Picture: Jim Coughlan
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Micheál Martin hits back at Coveney for saying FF has no vision for Cork

FIANNA Fáil leader Micheál Martin has hit out at the lack of progress in Cork under Fine Gael's watch.

Mr Martin slammed the turning of the 'fake sod' at Cork's long-awaited event centre by former Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Mr Kenny turned the sod on the project at the former Beamish & Crawford brewery before the last general election in February 2016 but it remains unclear when, or if, the centre will ever be delivered.

Mr Martin has also rejected suggestions that Fianna Fáil has no vision for Cork, as suggested by the Tánaiste Simon Coveney.

The tit-for-tat spat began when Mr Coveney made the remarks at the recent Cork South-Central selection convention.

However, the Fianna Fáil leader has claimed that Mr Coveney would be better served on delivering for the people of Cork than taking 'cheap, partisan pops at Fianna Fáil.'

Mr Martin said, "If Simon and the rest of Fine Gael want to have a go at me or Fianna Fáil, they should first look at their own actions when it comes to Cork's development.

"It has been well over 18 months since the former Taoiseach Enda Kenny turned the fake sod on the new convention centre for the city.

"The project has been beset by problems, overruns and delays since that time. If I’m not mistaken, Simon was front and centre at that turning of the sod, so he should be a bit slower in criticising me and my party when it comes to delivering for Cork."

Mr Martin said that his party has a history of delivering for Cork but claimed that the region's development is more important than party politics.

I believe that all Cork TDs should do their utmost to deliver for Cork. Finally, I want to congratulate Simon on his appointment as our country’s new Tánaiste. It’s a great honour for himself personally, his family and the people who have supported Simon since his first election to Dáil Éireann,” he said.