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Fine Gael/Labour Programme bad news for low and middle income families — Adams

6 March, 2011

Commenting on the Fine Gael/Labour Programme for Government, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said the new coalition will broadly implement Fianna Fáil’s four year plan.

Mr Adams added that in the new Dáil Sinn Féin will hold the new government to account and stand up for ordinary citizens.

Gerry Adams said:

“The Fine Gael/Labour Programme will broadly implement Fianna Fail’s four year plan.  Undoubtedly many of those who voted for Labour, in particular, on the promise of change will be bitterly disappointed today. 

“The Programme for Government is bad news for low and middle income families. It is bad news for the low paid, those on welfare and public sector workers. The continuation of an austerity approach means further depressing the economy and gives very little hope that jobs will be created for the unemployed.

“In the new Dáil Sinn Féin will oppose any more public money being put into failed banks.  We will continue to demand the abolition of the Universal Social Charge and a reversal to the cuts in social welfare introduced in the last budget.

“We will hold Fine Gael and Labour to their promise to reverse the cut to the minimum wage and ensure that this is done immediately.

“We will continue to put forward constructive proposals to create jobs, including through a stimulus programme and building an all-Ireland economy.

“We will scrutinise every move made by this coalition and make sure it is held to account – we will stand up for ordinary people”


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