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Adams selected for Louth and East Meath

13 December, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan


A New Type of Politics

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking this evening at the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk after being selected to stand as the Sinn Féin candidate for County Louth and East Meath said:

“This election will be the most important in recent decades. Sinn Féin has a very clear economic strategy which is about protecting public services, protecting the elderly and disabled and disadvantaged; protecting those on low and middle incomes, and stimulating the economy to create jobs and build prosperity.”

Mr. Adams again appealed to TDs to vote against the IMF/EU deal when it comes in front of the Dáil on Wednesday. He said: “On Wednesday, as a result of legal action by Sinn Féin, the Dáil will have an opportunity to vote against the IMF/EU dig-out for the banks. Sinn Féin will oppose the IMF/EU deal and I have called on all TDs to vote against it. Those who vote for it should be reminded of this by the electorate when the Taoiseach eventually calls an election.”

The Sinn Féin President concluded:

“The people of Ireland are looking for a new type of politics based on fairness and decency. The mighty work which has been started in the North can be replicated here. Change is possible and there is a better way for us to manage our affairs. My resolve is to seek a mandate, as part of this great Sinn Féin party, to do just that. It is now over to the citizens of Louth and East Meath to decide who should represent them.”

Mr. Adams said:

“I want to thank all of you for selecting me as your candidate and I pledge to build on the work of Arthur Morgan and Sinn Féin’s team of Councillors in Louth and to actively advocate and represent the interests of all the people of County Louth and East Meath.

“Ireland today, north and south, is at a crossroads. This state is in the midst of a deep economic and social crisis – the worst in its history. The future of citizens and their families has been pawned in order to pay for the obscene greed of a golden circle of politicians, bankers and speculators.

“This is unacceptable.

“This election will be the most important in recent decades. This government has no vision for the future. Their plan for recovery is about handing over sovereignty to the IMF/EU and driving the vulnerable and low and middle income earners into poverty. And all to bail out the banks, and their developer friends in the golden circle.

“Sinn Féin has a very clear alternative strategy which is about protecting public services, protecting the elderly and disabled and disadvantaged; and protecting those on low and middle incomes.

“Our alternative is about stimulating the economy and protecting and creating jobs.

“Our alternative would see the cuts imposed by this budget and four year plan reversed.

“And we will actively advocate the root and branch reform of our discredited political system.

“On Wednesday, as a result of legal action by Sinn Féin, the Dáil will have an opportunity to vote against the IMF/EU dig out for the banks. Sinn Féin will oppose the IMF/EU deal and I have called on all TDs to vote against it. Those who vote for it should be reminded of this when the Taoiseach eventually calls the election.

“Louth like all the border counties has suffered grievously as a result of partition. The Good Friday Agreement has provided a peaceful and democratic way to unite the Irish people. Sinn Féin is committed to this.

“The people of Ireland are looking for a new type of politics based on fairness and decency. The mighty work which has been started in the North can be replicated here. Change is possible and there is a better way for us to manage our affairs. My resolve is to seek a mandate, as part of this great Sinn Féin party, to do just that. It is now over to the citizens of Louth and East Meath to decide who should represent them.” ENDS

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