Irish republicanism is looking forward
Speaking in Donegal last night at the commemorative dinner marking the 125th anniversary of the execution of Patrick O’Donnell President of Sinn Féin Gerry Adams MLA MP criticised the government for failing the people of Donegal and vowed that Sinn Féin will continue to be to the fore in tackling Fianna Fáil and the Green’s unjust economic policy decisions.
Mr. Adams said:
“This Government and the Governments before it have failed the people of Donegal. In West Donegal you have witnessed the loss of jobs in traditional sectors such as farming, fisheries, and textiles. There has also been the loss of vital services such as post offices and public transport.
“The current credit crunch and downturn in the economy, coupled with the
appallingly inept management of the economy by the government, has meant
that almost 5,000 new people have joined the dole queues across the county
in the last year. Donegal already has the highest levels of unemployment in
“The people of the Gaeltacht have been failed by a government that has failed to provide the necessary investment in jobs and infrastructure or promote the Irish language. Many young people continue to emigrate looking for work.
“Sinn Féin has been to the fore in tackling these inequities and bad policy decisions. Irish republicans have a vision of a new future for Donegal, a new future for Ireland, and we have the spirit and confidence to work with others to achieve this.
“This is not the time for apathy or complacency or sitting back waiting for others to do the right thing. This is a time for vigorous and positive action. The road map is clear. Sinn Féin is looking forward.
“This week Senator Pearse Doherty launched his 'Awakening the West: Overcoming Social and Economic Inequality', report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
“The report is the first of its kind in decades and has been put together after a major consultation process involving dozens of groups including Community Development Groups, County Enterprise and Development Boards, State agencies, Chambers of Commerce, and Trade Unions, along the Western Seaboard.
“There is a particular focus on the needs of Gaeltacht communities like that in West Donegal. The approach taken by Senator Doherty and Sinn Féin in drawing up this report demonstrates the best qualities of our party. It is about partnership with our communities, problem solving, and advocacy of those that have been left behind and failed.
“Sinn Féin was the only significant political party and the only party with Oireachtas representation to oppose the treaty. The arguments we made connected with the people and we demonstrated our republican credentials by defending workers rights, defending our public services, and ensuring that rural communities have a viable future.
“The report this week of the Oireachtas Committee on ‘Ireland’s Future in Europe’ is evidence that neither the government nor the other parties have listened to the concerns of the electorate as expressed in the Lisbon Treaty referendum. The Committee’s objective is to re-run that referendum as quickly as they can get away with it.
“The government and its allies have taken no account of citizen’s concerns over neutrality, workers rights, public services, democracy and Ireland’s loss of influence in the EU. The Committees report is simply a re-hash of the Yes argument and a transparent attempt to scare the electorate with unsubstantiated claims of economic consequences for the No vote.
“Sinn Féin rightly dissented from the report and will continue to vigorously champion the widespread concerns that continue to exist around this Treaty and to demand that the Irish government stand up in Europe for the rights of the Irish people.” ENDS