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Unfairness the hallmark of Fine Gael/Labour government — Gerry Adams TD

2 March, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Responding to yesterday’s remarks by Enda Kenny at the Fine Gael Ard Fheis, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD said that unfairness has been the hallmark of Fine Gael/Labour government.

Mr Adams alsocriticized the fact that the Taoiseach failed, as Eamon Gilmore did two weeks ago to address the North whatsoever in his Leaders address.

Gerry Adams said:

“In 2011 Fine Gael and the Labour Party promised that the old way of doing politics was over, that they would govern differently than Fianna Fail. They promised to transform political culture and to end cronyism.The reality though has been the same old failed politics and the same old way of doing things.

“Fine Gael and Labour have failed on the central issue of banking debt, ensuring Irish citizens will have to pay an unsustainable debt for decades to come.

“Mr Kenny and Mr Gilmore have merely implemented the Troika policy programme as set out by Fianna Fail.They have presided over emigration levels not seen since famine times, unprecedented cuts to living standards and vital public services, brutal cuts to supports for people with disabilities and 140,000 householders in mortgage distress.

“This Fine Gae/Labour coalition has governed with even more arrogance than their predecessors. This has been evident in its handling of the establishment Irish Water/Uisce Eireann, the GSOC and Garda whistleblowers scandals and the manner in which they have continued to breach pay caps for Ministerial advisors while cutting supports for the most vulnerable citizens.

"Most Irish citizens understand that difficult choices must be made to restore the country’s finances.  What they resent is the unfair way this is being done under Fine Gael and Labour. This unfairnesss has been the hallmark of the coalition’s tenure so far.

“I note that despite the Fine Gael Ard Fheis passing a motion to set up a group to explore contesting future elections in the north, the Taoiseach failed, as Eamon Gilmore did two weeks ago to address the North whatsoever in his Leaders address. Considering the importance of resolving outstanding issues in the peace process, this is deeply disappointing."

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