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People responding to Sinn Féin alternative – McDonald

7 October, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Commenting on an Irish Times opinion poll which shows a large increase in support for Sinn Féin, the party’s Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD said that many people who voted in the General Election for the government parties — the Labour Party in particular — feel utterly betrayed.

Deputy McDonald said the poll is further evidence that Sinn Féin’s message of the need for real change is resonating with ever greater numbers of citizens.

Mary Lou McDonald said:

“Citizens the length and breadth of this state reject the austerity approach of this government. They reject the notion that ordinary working families should pick up the tab for the reckless actions of bankers and the mismanagement of the economy by government. They reject the hand-over of sovereignty to the IMF and the EU.

“Many citizens who voted in the General Election for the government parties — the Labour Party in particular — feel utterly betrayed. People voted in large numbers in the hope of real political change, not a continuation of the failed policies of the previous Fianna Fáil-led adminstration. Unfortunately that is what they are getting.

“Every day we see evidence of the pain and distress caused by the government’s failed approach — unemployment at an historic high, increased emigration, stealth taxes and attacks on welfare.

“The evidence is that given the chance, increasing numbers of people will not vote for parties, or candidates representing parties, who are implementing policies which are causing so much hardship and distress.

“Sinn Féin has said consistently that there is a political alternative. We have said austerity is not working, that the economy needs stimulus and that job creation should be the top priority for government.

“We have promoted core republican values — citizenship, sovereignty and independence. We are standing up for people’s rights and in Ireland's interests.

“We are saying there is a better way and have produced costed proposals to get the economy back on track.

“Sinn Féin is offering more than just hope - we offer a real alternative and the people are responding.”

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