Sinn Féin the only party in the North firmly opposed to austerity - McGuinness
Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said Sinn Féin is the only party in the North at this election firmly opposed to austerity.
Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin's Westminster election manifesto in Ranfurly House, Dungannon, Mr McGuinness said;
"This manifesto represents Sinn Féin's commitment to the electorate. It is our vow to continue to resist the disastrous agenda of Tory austerity in Ireland.
"It is our pledge to defend the most vulnerable, to protect public services and deliver a new and better future for this society.
"It is now clear that British governments, of whatever hue, will continue to impose austerity on our society.
"Sinn Féin is the only party in the North at this election firmly opposed to austerity and with a proven track record in negotiations.
"Following this election Sinn Féin will be seeking an immediate negotiation with the incoming British Government to secure a viable budget to deliver public services; return economic powers to promote growth, jobs and prosperity and protect those most in need.
"A new budget is required to end austerity and we need the fiscal powers necessary to determine our own economic policy, to stabilise the political institutions and build on the progress of the peace process."