The Dublin EU candidate said:
“Unemployment across Europe remains at crisis levels with over 26 million people out of work across the EU and 24 per cent of member state citizens at risk of poverty and social exclusion.
“Fine Gael and Labour’s response mirrors that of the EU institutions. Instead of investing in recovery the EU and government chose instead to socialise the cost of the crisis.
“Austerity imposes the costs of the economic crisis on those least able to shoulder the burden and is fundamentally undermining the living standards of low and middle income households.
“Austerity is a deeply inequitable policy that binds Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, the Labour party, the European Commission, the European Council and the European Central Bank.
“Austerity is why governments across the EU are asset stripping public services and utilities and significantly reducing the numbers of teachers, nurses, gardaí and service providers in the system.
“If elected to the European Parliament Sinn Féin MEPs have committed to prioritise greater investment from the European Investment Bank to create jobs across the island, a deal on the legacy debt, and a new deal on the Anglo Irish Bank/IBRC promissory notes.
“Sinn Féin is committed to putting Ireland first. Ireland’s place is in Europe but Europe needs to change. Austerity is not working and the socialising of bad bank debt is holding back recovery.
“A vote for Sinn Féin is a vote for a party offering a clear, credible alternative to the failed inequitable policies of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.”