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Scale of recession due to government policy

30 April, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan

SPEAKING today as he completed a two-day tour of East Galway, Sligo and Mayo, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that the current economic crisis was directly attributable to government policy.

He said the scale of the recession as revealed yesterday in the latest quarterly economic report by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and in the latest Live Register figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) had underlined the government’s failure in addressing the crisis. He said a change in political direction was needed.

Gerry Adams said:

“The severity of the economic recession forecast in the ESRI report taken with the latest live register figures, starkly demonstrate that the government is failing to tackle the economic crisis or stop escalating unemployment.

“The economy has gone from boom to bust in what seems like the blink of an eye.

“The policies of the present and previous Fianna Fáil-led administrations are directly responsible for this catastrophe.

“In previous times of economic difficulty the counties of the west of Ireland were asked to pay the heaviest price and were decimated by emigration and depopulation.  The Government never – not even during the boom – focused on creating employment in the west.”

“What the latest information clearly indicates is that this Government is incapable of sorting out the economic crisis. But we have choices.

“There can be an egalitarian alternative to the politics of greed, inefficiency, waste and corruption. These have been the hallmarks of governments in this country for far too long. Ireland needs a progressive movement for change. The time is right for a new alliance of all people and parties that want real and fundamental change.

“For Ireland's sake it's time for this government to go.” ENDS

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