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Sinn Féin takes Love Rural Ireland campaign to Offaly

12 July, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is in Offaly today with Brian Stanley TD as part of the party’s Rural Ireland campaign programme.

The Sinn Féin leader is accompanied by Martin Ferris and Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

The objective is to produce a report which examines the crisis in rural communities and proposes solutions.

In recent months Sinn Féin has met scores of rural organisations and has held public meetings in Cork, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Clare.

Speaking in Edenderry this morning Deputy Adams said:

“This government came to power promising accountability, a new politics and constitutional change.

“What we have seen instead is more of the same.

“Labour and Fine Gael are implementing the failed economic policies of Fianna Fáil. Unemployment is increasing, our young people are being forced to emigrate, the health service is in a mess, and the recent credit union report reveals that over half a million citizens have no money to live on after paying bills.

“At the same time the cap on pay for political advisors has been repeatedly breached.

“And the government is also refusing to listen to the widespread concerns of Irish language groups and communities or to even consider opposition amendments to its flawed gaeltacht bill.

“All of this is evidence of a right wing conservative driven government agenda which is not working, and is not responding to the real needs of citizens, especially in rural Ireland.

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