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Sinn Féin return strengthened Oireachtas team – Adams

3 May, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


The Sinn Féin Oireachtas team has returned to Leinster House after the Easter recess with a renewed and strengthened mandate following the historic election of three Sinn Féin Senators.

Speaking from Leinster House Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams congratulated the three new Senators and said that that the party has “a renewed mandate which we will use to push our republican agenda and our politics in both Houses of the Oireachtas, to stand up for ordinary people and hold the Government to account.

Mr. Adams said:

“Last week was a significant week for our party with the historic election of three new Sinn Féin Senators including Trevor Ó Clochartaigh, David Cullinane and Kathryn Reilly. This brings to seventeen the number of Sinn Féin public representatives in the Houses of the Oireachtas.

“As we return after the Easter recess we do so with a renewed and strengthened mandate which we will use to advance our republican agenda and the politics of leadership and change in both Houses of the Oireachtas and to reaffirm our electoral commitment to stand up for ordinary people.

“This Government has proven itself to be little more than a carbon copy of the previous failed Fianna Fáil-led administration. The Labour party in particular ought to be ashamed of themselves in their support for right-wing Fine Gael austerity measures and bank bailouts. The people are suffering as a result and as Government prepares for yet more cuts it can only get worse.

“Sinn Féin offer a credible alternative and republican representation. We have made a commitment to stand up for those on low and middle incomes, for the unemployed and the vulnerable in Irish society. We will show, and prove that there is an alternative, a better fairer way and we will campaign and demand that the Government pursue that alternative.

“We are now seventeen Oireachtas members, in two Houses of the Oireachtas, but we are one team and we will be a force to be reckoned with.”

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