Mary Lou McDonald responds after Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane shouts 'Up the Ra' after election
She addressed the video on Monday night.
Mary Lou McDonald has reacted to a video circulating on social media showing Sinn Féin’s David Cullinane shouting 'Up the Ra' after the election.
Cullinane was elected in Waterford, and was then filmed saying: "Up the Republic, Up the ‘Ra. Tiocfaidh ár Lá.", at a rally.
McDonald was asked about the video on RTÉ News on Monday night, when she said that she had not yet seen the video, and that she assumed it was part of a song.
"I haven't seen the video. To be honest, this is the first I've heard of it. I don't know what the context of the singing of that was, I assume it was part of 'Celtic Symphony' or some such."
When pressed on the matter, McDonald reiterated that she had not seen the video, and that she would not be commenting on material that she hadn't seen.
Cullinane himself has since addressed the situation speaking to Matt Cooper on Today FM's The Last Word, saying he is never one to distance himself from the IRA's past.
He said: "I’m never one who will distance myself from Sinn Féin’s past, or the IRA’s past. I don’t agree with everything the IRA did. Of course I don’t."