Adams welcomes Meath East By-election date
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the setting of a date for the Meath East by-election.
Speaking after the moving of the writ in the Dáil today the Sinn Féin leader said:
“While I welcome the setting of March 27th for the Meath East by-election I am mindful of the McEntee family who are still in mourning, and are still grieving, and I want to again pay tribute to the work and to the life of the late Shane McEntee.
“I’m sure everyone wishes we weren’t having this by-election in these tragic circumstances.
“It is also worth recalling that it was the court case taken in 2010 by Pearse Doherty that forced the introduction of a shorter timeframe for by-elections.
“The Meath East by-election provides an important opportunity for the people of that constituency to pass judgement on the broken promises and austerity policies of Fine Gael and Labour in government.
“After two years in government unemployment is at 14.2%; youth unemployment is 27.7% and 87,000 emigrated in 2011 and that trend has continued.
“On Fine Gael and Labour’s watch there have been a succession of savage cuts to wages and incomes and the introduction of new additional stealth taxes, like the household charge and family home tax; water charges; increased VAT; increased motor tax; as well as cuts to child benefit; cuts to home help hours, to the carers’ respite care grant and much more.
“Last week the government again targeted the most vulnerable in our society by scrapping the Mobility Allowance Scheme and the Motorised Transport Grant Scheme.
“The Sinn Féin candidate Darren O’Rourke stands outside the consensus of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.
“Darren is originally from Kells and now lives in Ashbourne. He is acutely aware of the many difficulties facing citizens in Meath East including youth unemployment and the huge gaps in services and local amenities.
“The austerity policies of the government and Fianna Fáil are not working. It is the disadvantaged and low and middle income families who are bearing the burden – again.
“In the next few weeks the letters for the family home – property – tax will be arriving in citizen’s homes.
“Areas like Meath East saw a rapid increase in population during the boom years. Now many households are left in mortgage distress and negative equity.
“Sinn Féin is the only party that offers a real alternative to the establishment parties.
“On March 27th the voters of Meath East have an opportunity to send a clear message to this government and to Fianna Fáil that their policies are not wanted and to vote for the only candidate with viable, effective alternative policies - Darren O Rourke.”