Sinn Féin the only real alternative, says Gerry Adams at campaign launch
AT the official launch of Sinn Féin’s General Election campaign today, party President Gerry Adams said Sinn Féin’s platform marked it out as the only real alternative in the election.
Mr Adams said Sinn Féin was putting those on middle to low incomes first and was the only party to spell out clearly that it would reverse the cuts to public services and social welfare introduced in Budget 2011.
Gerry Adams said:
“Sinn Féin is standing 41 candidates in 38 constituencies. In every constituency where we are standing, Sinn Féin is going out to win. Every TD elected for Sinn Féin means a stronger voice for citizens, for working families, for the unemployed and those struggling to make ends meet. The more Sinn Féin TDs elected the louder the voice for those they represent.
"A vote for Sinn Féin is a vote for real change.
“The battleground is the economy but the election is also about who we are as a people. It is about our values. It is about political choices. The economy is in crisis because political choices were made by a deeply corrupt political elite operating within a flawed political system.
“Those political choices favoured the elites, not the citizens.
“Sinn Féin wants to change that.
“There is a lot of talk from the other parties about reform — they have had decades to change themselves and the system. They are long on rhetoric and short on action.
“As the only all-Ireland party Sinn Féin is standing on a platform that is underpinned by our republican principles.
"We are seeking a mandate for:-
- Root and branch reform of the political system to produce a genuinely open and accountable form of government that empowers citizens and ends the notion of political elites
- The protection and creation of jobs
- An end to the two-tier health and education systems
- The proper use of Ireland’s natural resources for the common good
- Continued support for the Peace Process and the Good Friday Agreement
"Sinn Féin is the only party to spell out clearly that we will put those on middle and low incomes first and that we would reverse cuts to public services and social welfare introduced in Budget 2011. In Government we would:
- Reverse budget cuts, specifically to public services and social welfare
- Reverse the cut in the minimum wage
- Abolish the Universal Social Charge
"Sinn Féin would end cronyism. Reform must start with the Dáil — that means cutting the wages and expenses of Ministers and TDs."