Sinn Féin launch 2011 Assembly Manifesto
Speaking at the launch of Sinn Féin’s Assembly election manifesto Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:
"Tá fáilte mór roimh gach duine anseo ar maidín ach go háiritge na iarrthóirí agus gníomhaithe Shinn Féin.
"Four years ago Sinn Féin offered voters a choice.
"We asked citizens to vote for real change, to vote for positive leadership and to vote for the party that delivers - to vote for Sinn Féin.
"Sinn Féin is promoting equality; we and others have delivered stable and inclusive power-sharing government in the north when some said this was impossible; Sinn Féin brought policing and justice powers to Ireland when it was said this wouldn’t happen; and all the time the people,e of this island are advancing towards Irish unity and national reconciliation.
"Tá Sinn Féin ag léiriú ceannasaíocht ar fud na hÉireann - tá muid dáiríre fán saoirse.
"In the last four years there has been a step change in politics in the north.
"Is céim tabhachtach, stairiúl é seo.
"Republicans and unionists have demonstrated that we can make agreements and deliver for all sections of our society.
"Politics can and does work for all in our society.
"Of course, we have not agreed on everything and in the next term there will be significant economic and political challenges.
"Is am deacar é do dhaoine ar fud na tíre agus tá dualgais orainn ár seach ndícheall a dhéanamh taobh istigh agus taobh amuigh de gach foram tofa ar an oileáin seo.
"A Strong Sinn Féin is essential to pushing forward the agenda for change.
"Sinn Féin is committed to working with others to deliver economic prosperity and to tackling the inequalities confronting our most disadvantaged communities.
"We believe that fiscal powers must be transferred from London to Belfast.
"Sinn Féin is a united Ireland Party. We are the only all-Ireland party.
"The recent election success in the south means that the republican project is growing and succeeding.
"However, there is still much work to do.
"Sinn Féin’s Manifesto for the Assembly and Executive is realistic and it is deliverable.
"We are putting forward proposals for every single Assembly department as well as on the big issues of Irish Unity, the Economy, Job Creation and the protection of frontline public service’s.
"Sinn Féin is proposing:
- An all-Ireland economic recovery plan as the basis for growing a sustainable, long-term economy alongside sustained improvements in equality
- An All-Ireland job creation plan under the auspices of the North South Ministerial Council, chaired by both Enterprise Ministers, focused on areas of high unemployment across the island
- A £400m Economic Development bond funded by the four main banks.
- The replacement of Invest NI and IDA with an all-Ireland job creation body
- An agreement with the Credit Union Movement to create a £100 million Social Fund
- The introduction of a strong and comprehensive local Single Equality Bill
- The reinstatement of the 50/50 recruitment policy within the PSNI to ensure that Patten target of 40% nationalist/republican personnel is attained
- Implementation of the “RPA” 11-council structure
- Establishment of the Educational Skills Authority
- An Acht na Ghaeilge to promote and protect the rights of Irish Language speakers
- All Ireland suicide prevention strategy
- A new satellite and radiotherapy unit at Altnagelvin
- No water charges
- No increase in student fees
"Sinn Féin ministers and MLAs have led from the front.
"We have affected real change across this society for the common good.
"With our growing mandate across Ireland, Sinn Féin will continue to show leadership in building an Ireland that is equal and prosperous, that delivers for all citizens.
"Is feidir leatsa a bheith linn ar an turas suntasach seo mar bál den pháirtí.
"The next term of the Assembly is about delivery. Sinn Féin will deliver for all our people.
"Sinn Féin stands for positive change and for leadership across Ireland."