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Gerry Adams accuses the Labour Party leadership of trying to have it both ways in relation to the government

29 September, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Speaking in Dublin this morning Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams accused the Labour Party leadership of trying to be all things to all people. He said “One minute the Labour Party are attacking the government and the next they are lining up behind Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan in their rush to be Europe’s yes men in Ireland. They can’t have it both ways.”

Mr. Adams said:

“Throughout the campaign Sinn Féin has set out the facts. We have analysed the treaty, analysed the commentary from the government and set out our alternative.

“The government knows it cannot sell the contents of the treaty. So they are trying to frighten the electorate into submission at a time when people are worried about the future.

“They have been joined in this effort by the Labour Party leadership, Fine Gael and a strange mix of right wing elements. Labour are trying to have it both ways. On the one hand they are attacking the government on its awful economic and social policies while at the same time they are supporting the government on Lisbon.

“This referendum comes down to trust. Unlike Labour, Sinn Féin does not trust a government which bails out bankers and developers and their other friends in high places, a government of dig outs, backhanders and sweetheart deals, NAMA and An Bord Snip.

“It is Sinn Féin’s view that handing Ireland’s future to an EU elite would be disastrous. Once we hand that power away we will never get it back.

“I believe that it is in Ireland’s national interests to vote ‘No’. Voting ‘No’ will ensure that:

· Ireland will keep its permanent Commissioner.

· Ireland will maintain its current voting strength.

· Ireland will keep its automatic right to a referendum on future changes to EU treaties.

· Ireland will have the opportunity to secure a protocol protecting workers’ rights.

· Ireland will have the opportunity to secure a protocol on neutrality.” ENDS

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