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Adams Accuses Government of Indifference

6 February, 2009

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA this morning launched a Parents Drug Awareness Pamphlet in Ballyfermot written by Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh. Speaking at the launch the Sinn Féin leader accused the Government of pursuing a political philosophy which protects the wealthy, pours money into the banks, bails out property developers and speculators while increasing the tax burden on the less well off noting the government is “promoting policies which will drive more and more people into greater hardship and poverty.”


Mr. Adams described the Taoiseach claim last night that the standard of living of citizens could fall by 10-12%, as “evidence of the disastrous impact government policies are having on ordinary people.”


The Sinn Fein President said:


“For those who have substantial incomes, a drop in living standards of the kind predicted will have little effect.


“But for the majority of citizens; for those on low or middle incomes, the elderly and lone parents, the policies this government is pursuing will cause enormous hardship and drive many people into poverty. Indifference, incompetence and a failure to plan for the future are what characterize this government.


“What is needed is investment in public services, and a job creation strategy which fast tracks business start ups, grows our indigenous export market and develops and supports a truly innovative culture.


Commenting on the Drugs pamphlet Mr. Adams said;


“Drug and alcohol abuse is a serious problem throughout Ireland. In many areas, especially economically deprived areas, drugs have taken a stranglehold, resulting in broken families, wasted lives and disempowered communities. At a time when we face a severe economic crisis there is a danger that the drug and alcohol problems could grow worse. It is also likely the Government will slash front line services dealing with these issues. This would be unacceptable.


What is needed is:

• A robust and effective crackdown on the criminal gangs who control the drugs trade


• More resources for prevention, education, treatment and rehabilitation.


• The major drug traffickers must be pursued relentlessly and the funds seized from them by the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB).


• These funds should be allocated for community development in those neighbourhoods worst affected by the drugs problem.


“In conclusion, drug dealing and drug addiction are nationwide problems which need an all-Ireland response.” ENDS


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