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Sinn Féin meets in advance of new Dáil term

13 September, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

The Sinn Féin Leinster House team meets today (Tuesday 13 September 2011) in Dublin, in advance of the new Dáil and Seanad terms, in buoyant mood after the party’s very successful ard fheis in Belfast last weekend.

The party president, Gerry Adams TD, said:

“The Euro is in deep crisis and the people have a right to know what the government is going to do,” he said. “If the government has a plan, it should be brought to the Dáil for discussion.”

“The coalition government is implementing Fianna Fáil’s failed economic policies,” Deputy Adams said. “I believe that the government is sleepwalking into this crisis and is even prepared to hand over fiscal powers to the EU/IMF.

“Despite pre-election promises, its spokespeople have already predicted more austerity, more cuts in the December budget and so, more pain for vulnerable people who should be the last to suffer for the sins of the rich elite who brought this crisis on us.

“As the party reiterated at the ard fheis, we take our role as defenders of working people very seriously. The government’s record of burdening the ordinary citizens of this state with the brunt of the economic crisis and breaking every election promise made to protect the most vulnerable, means that we have to be a strong opposition.

“We have strong, viable alternative policies and we intend to put them forward at every opportunity,” he said.

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