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First 100 days littered with broken promises – Adams

16 June, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking at Leinster House today, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD said that the first 100 days of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition government has been littered with broken promises and u-turns.

He said that: “The most serious u-turns were the decisions by the government to continue with the EU/IMF bailout and to hand billions of taxpayers’ money over to the banks.

“There is an understandable suspicion that yesterday’s u-turn on imposing burden sharing on senior bondholders: to burn these bondholders in Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide is a stunt to mark the 100 days of this government.

“But there are dozens more damaging u-turns in health provision and education, the introduction of water and household charges, and more,” he said.

“Fine Gael and Labour have adopted almost the entire economic policy of the failed and rejected Fianna Fáil-Green government.

“They have failed to protect the most vulnerable, cut essential services and been at the beck and call of the EU/IMF.

“The government has demonstrated no leadership out of the crisis which is destroying the lives of working people.

“In just 100 days it is clear that the people deserve better than what this administration has to offer,” he concluded.

Mr. Adams was speaking outside the gates of Leinster House, where members of Dublin Sinn Féin were protesting to mark the government’s first 100 days. He was accompanied by Pearse Doherty – SF Finance Spokesperson, Mary Lou McDonald – Public Expenditure and Reform, Peadar Tóibín – Enterprise, Jobs and Innovation and Padraig Mac Lochlainn – Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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