Responding to remarks on RTÉ this morning by Labour Party Minister Pat Rabbitte, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said:
"There is no point in Pat Rabbitte seeking to blame Sinn Féin for the disastrous position in which the Labour Party now finds itself.
"Pat Rabbitte is the man who at the 2007 General election led the charge on auction politics, promising income tax cuts at a time when it was clear that the economy was on verge of collapse and that the exchequer was over reliant on property and consumption taxes.
"Pat Rabbitte's problem is that he and the Labour Party promised to govern differently from Fianna Fail and this has proven not to be the case.
"They said they would not cut child benefit, social welfare or supports for those citizens with disabilities.
"Labour Ministers have breached pay caps for their Ministerial advisors but have non problem with cuts to the Carer’s Allowance or to Home-Help hours
"Minister Rabbitte is in record as dismissing his own election promises as just "what you tend to say during an election campaign".
"Unlike, the Labour Party and Pat Rabbitte in particular, Sinn Fein will not make election promises we cannot keep and Sinn Fein will keep every commitment we make.
"Citizens are looking for a fairer way to deal with the economic problems we face.
"That is what Sinn Féin offers and it is that message that people are responding to in ever bigger numbers.