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Sinn Féín will be the real coherent opposition in new Dáil - Adams

3 March, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


Speaking this afternoon before entering meetings with the new Sinn Féin Dáil team for the 31st Dáíl, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams said:

“Sinn Féin is here today having almost trebled our Dáil representation. This significant development occurs in an important year for Irish Republicans, marking as it does the 30th Anniversary of the 1981 Hunger Strike. Sinn Féin is here to do business. We are here to put backbone into the Dáil. The problems faced by our citizens last week are still there today.

“The test for the incoming government is whether they will stand for Ireland’s interest and the interests of our citizens.

“Will this government abolish the Universal Social Charge? Will they stop the tide of emigration and tackle the challenges facing people in negative equity and struggling to pay their mortgages? Will they continue to pour public money into toxic banks?

“What we see emerging is a ‘Coalition for Cuts’ involving Fine Gael and Labour and supported by Fianna Fáil. The information that Fine Gael and Labour received from the Department of Finance in recent days needs to be made public.

“Sinn Féin will be the real coherent opposition in the new Dáil.

“We will continue to change the course of Irish politics and move towards a united Ireland and a new Republic built in the interests of the citizens.” ENDS

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