Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD was in north Belfast this morning canvassing with party candidate Gerry Kelly.
Speaking during the canvas the Sinn Féin leader said:
“This is one of the most important elections in recent years.
“Whichever party or parties make up the next British government all are committed to an intensification of austerity. The Tories have stated their intention to cut £12 billion more out of welfare and Labour have also promised more austerity.
“The next British government will seek to impose further cuts to the block grant.
“The Unionist parties have conservative policies and support the Tories.
“I would appeal to working-class unionists to reflect on the fact that the unionist parties do not represent their economic interests.
“Unionist parties all back a Tory EU referendum that could see Britain leave the European Union with disastrous consequences for jobs and for the economy. Sinn Féin is the only party in the north to have taken a clear stand against austerity.
“We are determined to oppose future cuts and to demand the restoration of the one and a half billion already taken from the block grant.
“We have a proven record of building the economy and targeting investment to frontline services and protecting the most vulnerable.
“Gerry Kelly is part of a strong Sinn Féin team. He will be relentless in seeking the best deal for all our people. This election is an opportunity to take a stand against the Westminster politics of austerity and for a vision of a united, prosperous, equal and inclusive Ireland.
“After the election we will be seeking an immediate negotiation with the incoming British Government to restore the budget and protect public services and to gain full control over our economy.
“A vote for Sinn Féin and the election of Gerry Kelly will strengthen our hand.”