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Labour needs to abandon austerity and stop propping up right wing, conservative governments - Adams

30 November, 2013 - by Gerry Adams TD


Responding to the Eamon Gilmore’s address to the Labour Party conference this evening Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said Labour needs to abandon austerity and stop propping up right wing, conservative governments.

Adams said the Labour Party has failed spectacularly in its promise to protect people from the worst of Fine Gael’s right wing policies and that the role of parties of the left is to build support for policies that protect ordinary people.

Deputy Adams said;

“Eamon Gilmore’s speech this evening may have encouraged his party faithful in Killarney but what will it mean for ordinary people watching at home?

“The Labour Party has failed spectacularly in its promise to protect people from the worst of Fine Gael’s right wing policies.

“Under Labour’s watch ordinary people are suffering more than ever.  The property tax has been introduced and water charges are on the way while cuts to child benefit, the dole for young people and the carers’ allowance are just some of the nasty cuts that have been been stood over and implemented by this Labour Party.

“The fact is that the Labour Party will never build sufficient support for its stated goals while it continues to prop up Fine Gael.

“The role for parties of the left is to build support for policies that protect ordinary people and to convince a sufficient number of the electorate that a genuine left wing government is best for all of the people of this island.

“If the Labour Party continues with its strategy of propping up the right, with all of its attacks on ordinary people, then it will simply be left behind by an electorate that is fed up with false promises.

“They should abandon austerity and stop propping up right wing, conservative governments.”

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