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Sinn Fein welcomes Community Platform Report – A Better Ireland is Possible

8 December, 2008

Speaking after the launch of a report by the Community Platform entitled, 'A Better Ireland is Possible, towards an alternative vision for Ireland' today, Sinn Fein spokesperson on the economy Arthur Morgan welcomed the publication saying that, "faced with the ongoing failure of government economic policy to meet the needs of Irish society it is time for fresh thinking in developing new policies to generate sustainable economic growth, full employment, and a more equal society."

Deputy Morgan said:

"The Community Platform is a network of 28 non government organisations including the Community Workers Cooperative, the INOU, the National Women's Council of Ireland, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network and the European Anti Poverty Network. Its aim is to promote a more equitable, just and inclusive Ireland. Sinn Fein strongly supports these aims.

"The report published today, A Better Ireland is Possible, makes a valuable and timely contribution to our national debate on how to build a prosperous, sustainable and equal economy and society.

"It's authors, Professor Peadar Kirby from University of Limerick and Dr Mary Murphy of NUI Maynooth are widely respected academics and writers.

"At the core of their analysis is that the economic and social policies of the government during the past 15 years have generated enormous inequalities and vulnerabilities in the Irish economy. They argue for a reorientation away from the model pursued during the Celtic Tiger in favour of an alternative model of development. They argue that Ireland can be both a strong economy and an equal society.

"I want to commend the Community Platform and Peadar and Mary not only for this very timely study, but for promoting a debate of enormous political importance." ENDS

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