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The choice on polling day – Sinn Féin and real change or more of the same

24 February, 2011 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

In a statement marking the final day of the General Election campaign Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said that the campaign had seen people turning to Sinn Féin in greater numbers and he urged more to do so and to demand real change.

He said:

“The clear choice on polling day is between the real political change represented by Sinn Féin or more of the same from Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil.

“Sinn Féin has stood for the sovereignty of the Irish people against the IMF/EU deal. We have stood with those worst affected by the cuts to incomes and public services. The outgoing coalition and the alleged incoming coalition are compromised by their commitment to the IMF/EU deal and to a failed economic strategy of trying to cut our way out of recession.

“Sinn Féin has presented a real alternative plan for economic recovery. That plan puts people before banks and is based on the needs of Ireland and not on the interests of international bank bondholders.

“We are campaigning for economic recovery based on stimulating jobs and economic growth. We are campaigning for the defence of public services which are the people's services of healthcare, education and social welfare. And we are campaigning for a New Republic - reformed politics, real accountability and progress towards a United Ireland.

“This campaign has seen people turning to Sinn Féin in greater numbers. This includes many who previously supported Fianna Fáil. We encourage more to do so. Voters who traditionally supported Fianna Fáil in the belief that they served the nation have the opportunity to support a genuinely republican party – Sinn Féin.

“Above all Sinn Féin urges people to come out and cast their vote. The Irish people can emerge from this recession and the first step is to help shape the future by making your democratic choice on polling day.” ENDS

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