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Government should seek a mandate for its policies – Adams

9 September, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has called on the Government to seek a mandate for its policies. Speaking in Dublin this morning Mr. Adams described the current coalition as ‘incompetent and inept’ and that the people are demanding a change.

Mr Adams said:

“The government’s time is up. They have constantly misled people about the origins of the economic crisis and the cost and implications of their policies.

“They were warned about what was about to happen – they were warned by Sinn Féin repeatedly.

“The people and politics that caused this crisis are the same who are now presenting us with NAMA, the savage cuts from An Bord Snip and the Commission on Taxation report.

“This government has also presented the people with a referendum on exactly the same Lisbon Treaty that the people rejected.

“It is time for a change. A general election is needed now. If the Government really believes in its proposals then it should seek a mandate from the people. These propositions are so unfair and will have such a devastating effect on society, including the next generation, that any Government wanting to go down this road needs to have the courage to go before the people.

“Sinn Féin opposes NAMA. We believe nationalisation of the main banks will deal with the banking crisis in the fairest way for the taxpayer.

“We oppose the recommendations of An Bord Snip. We do not believe health, education and children’s services should be cut to pay for this mess. We do not believe households should be taxed to raise the revenue needed to fix the economy, when those who have the ability to pay more have not been asked to do so.

“Let the people have their say – call a general election now.” ENDS

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