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Litany of u-turns marks Government’s first 100 days – Adams

11 June, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said “with the first 100 days of Government fast approaching there is little to show for besides a litany of u-turns”.

Speaking during a break in the party’s Ard Comhairle meeting today Mr Adams said:

“Next Thursday will mark the first 100 days of the Fine Gael/Labour Government. Despite many grand promises over the course of the election campaign there is little to show for it besides a litany of broken promises.

“Far from taking a strong line with the EU and IMF Labour has now fully embraced ‘Frankfurt’s way’.

“We still have the Universal Social Charge; water and household charges are now firmly on the cards; the reintroduction of student fees is back on the agenda.

“The health service has been cut back to dangerous levels. The number of Special Needs Assistants has been cut back while taxpayers continue to subsidise private schools. 

“Senior citizens too have been hit by the Government’s decision this week to raise the pension age to 68.

“This Government promised to stand up for ordinary people. They did the opposite.

“During the election we in Sinn Féin promised to hold the Government to account. We have done that.

“In 100 days we have put forward alternative comprehensive proposals for jobs creation; we have tabled motions on the Universal Social Charge, on natural resources and secured support for an all-party motion on the Dublin-Monaghan bombings. Next Tuesday we will table a motion in opposition to water charges and we are calling on all parties to support us in this.

“These are just a few actions that we have taken in keeping our commitment to stand up for ordinary people.

“Labour and Fine Gael have sold out the electorate and are simply continuing with the policies of Fianna Fáil which they criticised for so long while in opposition.

“The people deserve better than that.”

When asked about the upcoming presidential elections Mr. Adams said that the party Ard Comhairle “will be looking at a range of options over the coming month with a view to making a decision in July after a consultation process.”

Mr. Adams also called for voting rights in presidential elections to be extended to citizens resident in the six counties.

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