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Nothing but same old story from Fine Gael/Labour – Adams

12 March, 2012 - by Gerry Adams TD


Giving his verdict on the government’s first year in office the Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that Fine Gael and Labour have continued the damaging austerity policies of their Fianna Fáil predecessors.

Commenting on the impending handover of €3.1 billion of taxpayers’ money as part of the Anglo promissory note payment, Deputy Adams said that the government has the opportunity to right some of the wrongs of their first year by stopping this scandal.

Gerry Adams said:

“The past year has seen nothing but the same old story from Fine Gael and Labour. They promised change and jobs and prosperity but the reality is very different.

“This government has continued the damaging austerity policies of their Fianna Fáil predecessors.

“Unemployment figures show a staggering 435,589 people on the live register. 6,000 young people are leaving the country every month in search of work. The number of families in serious mortgage distress is now over 100,000. In the last twelve months Fine Gael and Labour have poured €21.3 billion into the banks.

“On top of all this the government has introduced a long list of extra charges and stealth taxes pushing people further and further into hardship and poverty. Public services continue to be decimated. Rural Ireland has been disproportionately targeted for cuts.

“In the next few weeks €3.1 billion of taxpayers’ money will be handed over as part of the Anglo promissory note deal. This is totally scandalous and people are justifiably angry. The idea that these billions will be paid out while a mere €29 million has to date been invested in job creation is mind-boggling.

“This payment should not happen. By stepping up to the mark and stopping this handover the government has an opportunity to right some of the wrongs of the last year. This is a political choice and the government should stand by their electoral promises of hope and change and stop the handover.”

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