Tuesday September 22, 2020

Fine Gael MEP invokes spectre of Auschwitz at election rally

Mairead McGuinness says message from recent visit to site of concentration camp was ‘we have to be very careful of our democracy’

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

6th February, 2020
Mairead McGuinness said she was not referring to a particular party and that she had made the same speech a number of times across Europe. Picture: Genevieve Engel

Mairead McGuinness sought to remind voters of the horrors of the Auschwitz concentration camp as she urged them to reflect on what happens when “democracy fails”.

Giving a warm-up speech for Leo Varadkar at a campaign rally in Virginia, Co Cavan, the Fine Gael MEP said that while voters sometimes look inwards during local and national elections they should remember the bigger issues as well.

She said she had recently paid a visit...

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