Government must now deliver – Adams
Speaking following the declaration of the result of the Austerity Treaty referendum at Dublin Castle this evening, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:
“I want to thank all of the voters who came out and made their democratic choice yesterday.
"Yesterday was the people’s day. The people have spoken and Sinn Féin respects their choice.
"Although the referendum has been carried, there was a very large No vote and it is very clear that those citizens bearing the brunt of this Government’s failed austerity policies have rejected this Treaty in their hundreds of thousands.
"That is an indictment of this government and their Fianna Fáil predecessors.
“The problems that confronted the Irish people yesterday are still there today.
"The Government said that supporting this Treaty would mean jobs and investment and less harsh budgets.
"They now have to deliver. They need to demonstrate – in actions rather than words – how they intend to address the jobs crisis, the mortgage crisis, and how they intend to get the economy growing again and allow us to get back to the markets by 2014.
“The Government also has a duty to stand up for Ireland and to ensure that the banking debt issue is dealt with by seeking a debt write down.
“It is important that they introduce the type of jobs stimulus that was talked about during this campaign – unless there is serious investment in job creation we will continue to see 440,000 people on the live register and tens of thousands emigrating. We have put forward proposals for a €13 billion stimulus programme and will be setting out the detail of this in the coming months.
“Sinn Féin will support the Government is any serious endeavour to invest in job creation
“However we will continue to highlight the impact of the failed policies of austerity on people’s lives and on the economy and continue to hold this Government to account.”