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We need political change – Kelly

4 April, 2010 - by Gerry Kelly

Speaking at the GPO in Dublin today at the annual Easter Commemoration Sinn Féin MLA Gerry Kelly said the 26 County State has been brought to the point of collapse by the actions of a small golden circle in what he described as corruption worse than that of the Haughey era.

Mr. Kelly went on to call on Sinn Féin supporters to become more active and to join the party.

He said:

“This is a state in crisis.  People just can’t understand how things could have got to this point.  People are furious that €18.3 billion can be found to put into the black hole that is Anglo Irish Bank when they were told that there was no money for health or education.  They are asking how €32 billion can be found to re-capitalise the banks when no money can be found for a jobs stimulus package to get people back to work.

“This state has been brought to the point of collapse by the actions of a small golden circle who for years have enjoyed a position of privilege and influence at the expense of ordinary citizens.    The reality is that this is even worse than the corruption of the Haughey era.

“This chaos for which ordinary people are now expected to pay is the result of almost 90 years of government by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael who fostered and pandered to the interests of people like Sean Fitzparick, Michael Fingelton and Liam Carroll.  They cannot now distance themselves from them.

“We need political change.  We need a United Ireland with a very different set of values at its core. The values which are represented in the 1916 Proclamation and in the Democratic Programme of the First Dáil. The values of Irish Republicanism.

“In recent weeks we have radically changed our party structures to make joining Sinn Féin easier.  We want you to be a party member by working in what ever way you can.  If you want a real Republic, make a stand.  If you believe in a better way, in a just society, in a United Ireland make that stand as an activist.  This Easter we are putting to you to support Sinn Féin by becoming a member.” ENDS

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