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Government seeking to pull a stroke under cover of ‘bailout’- Adams

20 November, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that the Fianna Fáil/Green Party coalition could not be trusted in any negotiations with the EU and IMF.

He added that the Government was seeking to pull another political stroke by cobbling together a four-year plan to satisfy the EU and IMF and a so-called ‘bailout’ and selling this as an initiative.

Gerry Adams said:

“The Government cannot be trusted in negotiations with the EU and IMF.

“They have consistently put the interest of the banks before the interests of the people of Ireland. There is no reason to believe that they will defend public services, social welfare, pensions or the rights of Irish citizens.

“This Government would rather bring in outsiders to run the state than give the people their say in a General Election.

“They are trying to cobble together a four-year plan to satisfy the EU and IMF and to get a so-called bailout based on this.

“By exploiting the understandable fears of the electorate, their intention is to sell this as an initiative.

“If this happens, it will not be an initiative. It will be another stroke.

“The Government should end negotiations with the EU-IMF, suspend the budget and call a General Election.

“This would give a new government a mandate to deal with the economic crisis.

Note: Mr Adams is in Kerry for the funeral of publisher Steve McDonogh. He will spend the next few days in Donegal South West canvassing for the Sinn Féin by-election candidate Pearse Doherty.


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