A United Ireland is achievable - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD is in Cork tonight for a public meeting.
Speaking to a packed audience the Sinn Féin leader said:“There isn’t an iota of difference between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. Both parties are champions of economic and social conservatism, austerity and cuts to the living standards of working people.
"The days of these two conservative parties completely dominating politics is over. This week’s events around Frances Fitzgerald are proof of that.
"The Taoiseach failed to show any leadership and refused to hold the Tánaiste to account. The handling of this debacle has highlighted his poor judgement.
"There are clearly many more questions to be answered, including around the role of current Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan, the withholding of information from the Tribunal and the collaboration between the Department of Justice and the Gardaí to smear Sergeant McCabe.
"While Sinn Féin sought to hold former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to account, both Fianna Fáil and the government offered her unquestioning confidence.
"This last week was the first real test of the Taoiseach’s leadership. He failed that test. The same lack of accountability and bad governance and incompetence is evident in the refusal to end the housing crisis; the crisis in homelessness, and the crisis within our health services.
"But more and more people now know this. They are looking for an alternative. Sinn Féin is that alternative. Sinn Féin is the only party that can lead a government to transform the political, social and economic life of citizens.
"However, at this point there are many people out there who do not support any of the establishment parties but who don’t support Sinn Féin either. Winning these people over must be a priority in the time ahead. So too must be the task of mobilising and registering the thousands upon thousands of citizens who do not vote.
"This is essential to ensure that we win the referendum on the eighth amendment. Making republican politics is a team game.
"I love hurling. If you follow me on Twitter you’ll see that. Cork has had some brilliant hurling teams. Cork hurling is now on the rise again. Follow their example. Sinn Féin need to be the all-Ireland winning political team here in the rebel county.”
Commenting on the situation in the North Gerry Adams said:
“So far, political talks to restore the institutions in the North have not succeeded. But let me be very clear, Sinn Féin wants to be back in the political institutions.
"Michelle O’Neill and her comrades are working hard to achieving that objective. But it cannot be on the basis of a return to the status quo.
"Sinn Féin wants to make the power-sharing and all-Ireland institutions work, based on the rights that should be at the heart of these structures. In the meantime, we seek to build a progressive consensus on key rights issues and to oppose Brexit.
"It is crucially important that we continue to campaign for the entire island to remain within the European Union, notwithstanding our correct criticism of the EU and our desire for a rights based, social European Union, Brexit on English Tory terms will be devastating for the Irish economy North and South.
"We must persuade more and more people that Sinn Féin’s vision of a more equal, socially just and united Ireland is achievable.”