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By-election candidate calls on voters to shun Government parties

26 May, 2009

Sinn Féin’s candidate in the Dublin South by-election Shaun Tracey has called on voters to send the Government a strong message by hitting Fianna Fáil and the Green Party hard at the polls. Mr. Tracey said voters should turn their anger into positive action by giving the Government a hammering at the polls.

Speaking as he was canvassing with Party President Gerry Adams in Ballyogan this week Mr. Tracey said, “It is quite obvious that there is a lot of anger among the electorate particularly within those most marginalised sections of society that have been shamefully targeted to pay for the economic ineptitude of successive Fianna Fáil led Government.

“People need to turn anger into positive action by giving the Government a hammering at the polls at the end of next week. Voters need to send the Government a strong message that they do not have the support of the people for the outrageous cutbacks which they have implemented and they do not have a mandate for the type of slash and burn economic policies which they are currently pursuing.

“People should also not be fooled by the attempts of Fianna Fáil and Green Party candidates to distance themselves from Government policy decisions. The fact is that a vote for Fianna Fáil or the Greens is an endorsement of those parties and the decisions they have made in Government such as the cutbacks in special needs education, the medical card for the elderly, social housing and school buildings and the many others savage cuts that have been introduced.

“Fine Gael offers no real alternative with their proposals to decimate public services at a cost of a further 15,000 public sector jobs.

“Now is the time for change. Politics on this island needs to change. Sinn Féin is different to the other parties. We stand up for the interests of ordinary people over vested interests, we deliver for communities across Ireland and we were the only party on the side of the people in the Lisbon Treaty.

“A vote for Sinn Féin makes sense. We offer a real alternative to the type of politics that has landed us in this economic mess.

“On June 5th, in local, European and the two Dublin by-elections I urge voters to come out in record numbers in support of Sinn Féin candidates and new type of politics on this island.” ENDS

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