Enda living in a world of his own - Adams
Responding to Taoiseach's speech at the Fine Gael National Conference this evening Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said Enda Kenny is living in a world of his own.
In response to the Taoiseach's announcement that he will extend Seanad voting rights to all graduates Deputy Adams said anything less than universal suffrage is completely unacceptable.
"What we got from the Taoiseach this evening was an exercise in spin, an attempt to convince the people that austerity is working.
"But the reality for communities and families across the state is very different. Try telling families at risk of losing their homes that austerity is working. Try telling the 415,000 people on the live register or the 300,000 that have emigrated in the last four years.
"The families who have to choose between heating the home or feeding the kids know austerity isn't working as do the 49,000 people waiting on hospital treatments.
"Enda Kenny is living in a world of his own. He talks of extending the Seanad electorate to all graduates but anything less than a vote for every citizen is completely unacceptable.
"This speech was simply more of the same from our Taoiseach with no sense of the reality for working families, carers or the unemployed and no mention of the North.
"I think people across the country who watched this speech in hope will be left disappointed."