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Sinn Féin to continue process of engagement with Troika

20 October, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has described the meeting between the party and the Troika as “a useful and frank discussion”.

Mr Adams was accompanied at the meeting by party Vice President Mary Lou McDonald.

He said

“The Sinn Féin delegation outlined to the Troika our view that the so-called bailout was a bad deal for the Irish people, but we made it clear that our argument was with the Irish government. It, and not the troika, has the responsibility to represent and defend Irish taxpayers and Irish citizens.

“We raised among other issues the sell-off of state assets, the absence of any job stimulus package and the handover of Irish taxpayers’ money to the unguaranteed bondholders in Anglo Irish Bank.

“Following the meeting we are reconfirmed in our view that not one cent of Irish taxpayers’ money should be paid in to the toxic Anglo Irish. This is a decision that the government alone is taking. These are unguaranteed bondholders and this is not part of the memorandum agreement.”

Mr Adams also said that today’s meeting was the beginning of a process of engagement and that Sinn Féin hope to continue these discussions with the troika in the time ahead.

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