Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today launched his party’s European election campaign in Dublin.
Speaking at a press event in the Royal College of Physicians this afternoon Gerry Adams said;
“Sinn Fein’s message in this election is one of hope and change. The political landscape is changing.
“We believe this election will see that political landscape change even more, as Sinn Féin’s message resonates with ever greater numbers of people.
“Our message is that things do not have to be the way they are. There is an alternative.
Tá bealach eile ann. Voters in this state have a real choice on May 23rd.
“It is a choice between voting for sitting MEPs who have supported EU austerity policies or Sinn Féin candidates who have set out a real political, economic and social alternative.
“If elected, Sinn Féin MEPs will work for an end to austerity. They will work for fairer EU policies that prioritise job creation and frontline services.
“Labour, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil MEPs have supported EU austerity policies which have been bad for Ireland. They have failed to fight for an economic stimulus. They have failed to robustly defend Irish neutrality.
“EU leaders are seeking to increase spending on weapons by member states, including this state. Sinn Féin wants to see instead an increased investment in healthcare, social protection and economic stimulus.
“Our political opponents have tried to portray Sinn Fein as anti-European. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sinn Féin is an Irish republican party. Republicanism is a European philosophy.
“We are genuine internationalists. The EU is not Europe, which is a much broader entity.
“Sinn Féin is saying that there is a real alternative to austerity that will put jobs, investment and citizens first in all political decision making.
“Sinn Fein MEPs will not be the EU’s representatives in Ireland, they will be Ireland’s representatives in the EU. They will put Ireland and Irish interests first.
“So, on May 22nd and 23rd we are asking people to vote for change, to send Martina, Matt, Lynn and Liadh to Europe as a strong Sinn Féin team, putting the interests of citizens at the heart of political decision making at EU level.”