In a New Year message for 2014, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called for a ‘change of political and economic direction to break the cycle of austerity, inequality, unemployment and emigration’.
On the Peace Process, the Sinn Féin Leader called on the Irish and British Governments and all parties to make a collective effort to find a way forward based on the proposals issued by Richard Haass in the recent all-party negotiations.
Gerry Adams said:
“The past year has been a hard one for many. Under Fine Gael and Labour, despite the departure of the Troika, the austerity policies of the EU and IMF continue.
“Citizens continue to pay back a debt that is not ours. The old, the young, the sick, citizens with disabilities, carers and mortgage holders still carry this unjust and unfair burden. Public services, including health, face more cuts while the Tax on family homes will increase and water charges will be introduced.
“A change of political direction is needed. The cycle of austerity, inequality, unemployment and emigration must be broken. The Irish people deserve better.
“What is needed is a fundamental realignment of Irish politics. The Irish people deserve better than the politics of two conservative blocs or parties of the left propping up right-wing governments.
“North and South, in government or in opposition, Sinn Féin has pointed to a better, fairer way forward. This is about protecting families on low and middle incomes, public services, investment in jobs, fair taxes, and growing the all-Ireland economy.
“It is about fairness in the economy, fairness in Government and fairness in society.
“It is also about building the Peace Process which remains a work in progress. Sinn Féin is committed to ensuring the full implementation of the Good Friday and all other Agreements.
“I want to thank Dr. Richard Haass, Meghan O Sullivan, Charlie Landow and their team and our colleagues in all five parties represented in the recent all-party talks.
"The proposals issued by Dr Haass represent a significant step forward.When the other parties and the two Governments have had time to reflect on these, there must be a collective effort to find a way forward.
“That is the will of the people as we enter into another New Year and it is certainly the intention of Sinn Fein.
“Sinn Fein believes that the Irish people, listening to each other, respecting each other and working together, can replace the divisions of the past with a future based on unity and equality.
“Together we can build an agreed Ireland and a pluralist, inclusive and modern republic which respects and cherishes all identities and serves all citizens.
“Let’s make 2014 the year of political progress and positive change.
“For now, I wish you all a Happy and Peaceful New Year.”Bliain úr faoi mhaise daoibh go léir.”