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Sinn Féin offering a fairer and better alternative – Crowe

4 April, 2010


Speaking at the annual Easter Commemoration in Dublin today Sinn Féin Councillor Seán Crowe said it is utterly wrong that ordinary working families and future generations will have to pay for the casino banking and property speculation of the wealthy.

Councillor Crowe said:

“It is utterly wrong that ordinary working families and future generations will have to pay for the casino banking and property speculation of the wealthy.  Do the super rich, the golden circle, the developers, the speculators always have to stay rich? Does a large proportion of our population always have to stay poor?

“The super rich get NAMA, bail-out Tuesdays, and billions of taxpayers’ money.  They get the cosy benefits – they keep the villas and hideaways in Spain, the million euro bonuses, the golden handshakes.

“The hard work of generations of workers thrown away.  Ordinary workers get their P45s and if they are lucky, a cheque from Social Welfare.

“The proclamation promised a Republic that would cherish all the children of the nation equally.  The actions of this Government has only applied this equality to the bankers.

“They have promised to bail them all out equally, even if they have no positive role to play in the Irish economy. Yes they treat them all equally.

“Brian Cowen and his cronies say there is no alternative.  We say here today he is wrong, just as wrong as when he was Minister for Finance.

“There is an alternative to the gombeenism that has wrought so much pain on hard-working families.  There are always alternatives.

“Sinn Fein has different priorities. Sinn Fein offers a fairer and better solution.

“We would start by giving people hope again, by getting people back to work, through capital investment in much needed schools, public transport and hospitals.  Investing in a jobs stimulus package. Taking 50,000 young people off the dole. Working together, out of this despair, out of this recession.  Rebuilding people’s shattered pride and confidence.  Building unity in the workplace – in the public and in the private sector.  It is about working for Ireland.  Working for all its people not just the chosen few.

“Let’s stop the media dividing workers.  Let’s put Fianna Fáil out of Government.  Let’s keep Kenny and Fine Gael out of Government.  Let us rededicate ourselves today to build an alliance for change.  Let us recommit ourselves today to building a truly inclusive Republic and making the 1916 Proclamation a reality for all our citizens.” ENDS

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