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Jobs crisis to dominate at Sinn Féin Ard Fheis

5 March, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Speaking before the opening session of the Sinn Féin Ard Fheis in Dublin this afternoon, Senator Pearse Doherty said that the issue of jobs would dominate at the weekend conference.

Pearse Doherty said:

“This is an important Ard Fheis for our party. We are gearing up for Westminster elections in May and for the possibility of a general election in the South that could occur at any time.

“Sinn Féin delegates will be calling for action on and putting forward solutions to the jobs crisis.

“People are sick of this Government. They want to know when the jobs will be created. They don’t want to hear about cabinet reshuffles and they certainly don’t want to hear about an entire cabinet jet-setting around the world for St Patrick’s Day.

“They don’t want to hear Ministers make light of emigration as another generation packs its bags to leave.

“They want to hear that jobs have been created.

“The huge issue of the crying need for jobs and the soaring levels of unemployment that now afflicts this country will dominate this evening’s session of the Ard Fheis.

“Sinn Féin has put forward solutions to create jobs. We will fight to have them implemented.

“The Hillsborough Agreement on the transfer of policing and justice powers from Britain to the North, republican strategy for the achievement of Irish unity, the wider economic crisis including the banking collapse and NAMA are themes that will also feature strongly over the weekend.

“What you can expect to see at this Ard Fheis are party members preparing themselves for the political challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

“This Ard Fheis provides Sinn Féin with an opportunity to promote our message that there is a political alternative.” ENDS

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