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‘A despicable, obscene and nasty little cut and it should be reversed’ – Adams

11 December, 2012 - by Gerry Adams TD


Speaking today at Leinster House, Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams TD, said his party’s motion of no confidence in the government, to be tabled tonight, is a “reflection of the mood of the people”.

Addressing government TDs Teachta Adams said: “You weren’t elected to the Dáil to take money off carers; you weren’t sent to the Dáil to take money off child benefits; or to impose a tax on the family home or to take money off children and parents who need to get their children back to school with a decent pair of shoes. You weren’t sent to the Dáil to do any of those things. So don’t do it.”

Commenting on the cut to the respite care grant Gerry Adams described it as “a despicable, obscene and nasty little cut and it should be reversed.”

Speaking outside the Dáil as carers gathered for a protest at the government’s cut to respite care grants the Sinn Féin leader said:

“There is deep anger and hurt out there and Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence is a reflection of the mood of the people.

“This isn’t about the possibility of one or two backbench government TDs jumping overboard. I see no evidence that any of the backbenchers plan to vote against the government. I do see serious party management by both government parties.

“Sinn Féin’s no confidence motion reflects the mood of anger and frustration among citizens across this state. There is no mandate for what the government is doing. Whatever contract it signed with the people at the last election, the government parties, and especially Labour have torn it up.

“Sinn Féin is taking a stand against the government’s austerity policies and strategy. And the party will also be putting amendments to the various dimensions of the government’s proposals which show that there is another way of dealing with the economic crisis, particularly around this despicable cut in respite care grants.

“That is a despicable, obscene and nasty little cut and it should be reversed.

“We are putting forward intelligent, doable, costed amendments to the government’s proposals. We did so before the budget and we will do so again this week.

“I have a message to every single Teachta Dalai. You weren’t elected to the Dáil to take money off carers; you weren’t sent to the Dáil to take money of child benefits; or to impose a tax on the family home or to take money off children and parents who need to get their children back to school with a decent pair of shoes. You weren’t sent to the Dáil to do any of those things. So don’t do it.”

ENDS

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