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‘Ireland needs leadership based on republican values’ —Adams

4 December, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster


Speaking at a party function in Newtownmountkennedy, County Wiclow this evening, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said that the Government’s solution to the economic crisis, which is based on cutting public services and social welfare, would further depress the Irish economy. He said that now more than ever Ireland needed political leadership based on the republican values of fariness, decency and equality.

Gerry Adams said:

“Now more than ever Ireland needs leadership based on republican values - values of fairness and decency and equality, the values that were missing in the corridors of power during the Celtic Tiger years. And they are still missing in the corridors of power. But these are the values of the vast majority of the Irish people/.

“And what are the so-called solutions of the Fianna Fáil/Green Government to the economic crisis? They are bailing out the developers and the banks with tens of billions of taxpayers’ money through NAMA, they are cutting health and education services again and they are about to cut social welfare. Their so-called solutions will depress the economy further, target the most vulnerable and put future generations in massive debt.

“But there is an alternative and Sinn Féin has put it forward. We have shown in our Pre-Budget 2010 proposals that it is possible to raise the finance needed to maintain frontline public services, protect those in need, reduce the deficit in state finances and provide an economic stimulus package to create jobs.

“All this year people have been on the streets campaigning for a fairer, better way out of the economic recession. Sinn Féin’s task is to show an increasingly politicised population that the way forward does not lie with a conservative Fine Gael government propped up by Labour any more than it lies with a conservative Fianna Fáil government propped up by the Greens. We need a new type of politics based on community, on solidarity and on the republican values of fairness and equality.”

"Mé féinism has failed. It is time for Sinn Féinism."

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