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Time to change the direction of Irish politics – Doherty

26 November, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Speaking after being elected TD for Donegal South West this evening Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty said:

“Today’s result is a vote for change. It is an endorsement of Sinn Féin’s argument that there is a better way.

“It’s a vote for a fair economic policy based on tax reform, ending waste and stimulating the economy to create jobs.

“It’s a rejection of the government’s four year plan, of cuts to public services, social welfare and the minimum wage

“It is a rejection of the ‘consensus for cuts’ amongst all the establishment parties – Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.

“It is also a rejection of the interference of the IMF in Irish affairs.

“I will, as I have been mandated, vote against the Government’s damaging Budget on December 7th.

“The people of Donegal South West have spoken loud and clear. They have voted in favour of policies that will create jobs and support our fishing and farming communities.

“They have demanded an end to the policies that have led to the neglect of this county over the years.

“I will work to see that jobs are delivered and that we have investment in public services including health and education.

“As a Sinn Féin TD I will also work to end partition which has been detrimental to Donegal and to our country North and South.

“I will work towards the democratic goal of Irish unity which more and more people are coming to realise will benefit this country politically, economically and socially.

“My victory today, while a joyous occasion, takes place against the sobering backdrop in Donegal of unemployment, emigration and people struggling to get by. Changing all of that is the challenge which faces us all.

“It is time to change the direction of Irish politics. It is time to end cronyism and corruption and to reform our political institutions.

“New politics, real leadership and a better way forward are what is needed. That is what Sinn Féin offers.

“The people of Donegal South West have made a clear choice for a better way.

“We now need people throughout the state to make a similar stand for change. We need a general election.” ENDS

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