Louth - Gerry Adams
Gerry Adams is President of Sinn Féin and the party candidate in the Louth East Meath constituency. As Uachtaran Shinn Féin Gerry Adams has played a leadership role in the peace process and in bringing about the extraordinary changes that have occurred in the last two decades.
He was central to bringing forward Sinn Féin's plan for economy recovery, an alternative to the consensus for cuts politics that have put the economy in this state at risk of bankruptcy. He resigned as MLA and MP for West Belfast in order to contest the General Election in the 26 Counties.
Gerry Adams was born in 1948 on Belfast’s Falls Road. There were republican and labour politics in his family. It was this and his early life in Ballymurphy,which shaped his republican politics. Gerry Adams joined Sinn Féin and became involved in the civil rights campaign in the North inthe late 1960s. He was actively involved in campaigns around housing, equality and electoral rights. In 1983 Gerry Adams was elected to represent the constituency of West Belfast at Westminster. As MP for west Belfast Gerry Adams has played a central role in all of the major social and economic campaigns and initiatives in the constituency. He is a gaeilgeoir, ardent GAA supporter and writes a bi-weekly Blog for the Belfast Media Group. He has also published 13 books.
Speaking at his election convention he said "Ireland, north and south, is at a cross roads. This election will be one of the most important ever held in this state. If I am elected as your TD I will be part of a team of experienced Sinn Féin TDs. Is é Páirtí Poblachtach Éireannach é Sinn Fein. Is Páirtí é a chreideann in Éire Aontaithe. Creidimid i bhFlaitheas, i Neamhspleáchas agus i Saoirse mhuintir na hÉireann gus go bhfuail ceart dúchais ag ár muintir ar ár sochaí a thógáil. We will deliver for citizens. We will defend public services, and construct a fairer tax system. Our policies are about protecting and creating jobs. We will actively advocate the root and branchreform of our discredited political system.
Sinn Féin’s priorities for Louth and East Meath are:
- to restore acute services to Louth County Hospital.
- to secure a proper health service for Louth and East Meath.
- to seek investment in education, including an Irish medium Meanscoil.
- to reduce the housing waiting list.
- to bring forward job creation strategies.
- to protect the environment
- to defend Public Services and Jobs
- to improve Community Safety
- to promote co-operation between Down, Armagh, Louth and other counties in the border region.
- to continue to work on campaign issues being pursued by the Sinn Féin team including the closure of Sellafield.