Economic crisis and cuts undermining delivery of local services - Adams
SINN FÉIN President Gerry Adams is in Cork today to launch his party's campaign for the Local Government elections. Sinn Féin is looking to build on the gains it made in 2004 and is contesting all six wards in Cork City as well as every local electoral area in the County. Councillor Toireasa Ferris is contesting strongly in the EU elections.
The Sinn Féin President will be joined at the campaign launch by the six Cork City Candidates, including sitting councilors Jonathan O’Brien and Fiona Kerins.
Speaking in advance of the Cork election launch Gerry Adams said:
"Sinn Féin made substantial electoral gains throughout Cork in the local elections of 2004, electing 15 City, County and Town Councillors. Our vote in the City Council area doubled.
"In this election Sinn Féin is seeking to build on those gains by contesting all six Cork City wards as well as every electoral area in Cork County Council and Town Council seats across the county.
"The sharp end of the current economic crisis is being felt at a community level throughout this state. Spending cuts and a lack of investment are undermining the delivery of key services.
"Local government matters. Decisions made locally will have a negative or positive impact on community life. To properly reform local government we need to change the balance of power on councils across the state that have been dominated by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael for decades.
“Sinn Fein candidates in Cork are campaigning for a directly elected Lord Mayor for the city and a public finance committee to do the “Eddie Hobbs” on all council spending and ensure value for money. They are calling for a transparent points system for local authority housing, and an extension of the city boundaries to reflect its growth over the past two decades.”
“A vote for Sinn Féin is a vote to break up the cosy cartel of the “pact parties” which has carved up offices and expenses among themselves in the past. It is a vote for a more open and democratic council.
"The recent laughable attempts by many Fianna Fáil councillors to distance themselves from the government, and indeed their own party, should be seen for what they are - political cynicism and an insult to the electorate.
"People can see through this charade. They know that Fianna Fáil candidates are not running as independents. They represent the government party that is trying to make ordinary working families pay the price for their mismanagement of the economy.
"To the voters of Cork who are sick, sore and tired of the abuse that has been heaped on them by this rotten government, I say this - if want to send the clearest message that change is needed, the most effective way to do that is to vote Sinn Féin.
"Sinn Féin's record of working with local communities is second to none. Our party has delivered for people at a local level throughout Ireland. In this election we intend to seize the opportunity to continue that work and to do it on a wider scale.
"We are seeking a mandate to resist government attacks on working people and the vulnerable in our society.
"We want to fundamentally reform local government to make it responsive to the needs of the people and suited to the challenges of Ireland in the 21st century.
"Sinn Féin wants to build a real alliance for change and we will start at local government level.
"These elections can mark the beginning of a progressive momentum for new an positive politics. But only if people ensure that they go out and vote on 5 June." ENDS