Election not PR exercises required - Adams
Responding to an article by Taoiseach Enda Kenny in today's Irish Independent and an interview in the Irish Times by Tánaiste Joan Burton, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams said:
"It's clear from today's comments by the Taoiseach and Tánaiste that they remain detached from the daily reality for many citizens.
"Both are dismissive of the impact of their harsh austerity policies on struggling families.
"Many will have said goodbye to loved ones who returned home over the Christmas period.
"Wages continue to fall as the government introduces water charges and increases in the family household tax.
"Many tenants face an uncertain future as rents continue to rise and those in mortgage difficulty continue to be pursued by the banks.
"Children, older citizens and citizens with disabilities are reliant on public services that are being undermined and cut back.
"What is required now is a radical change of political direction. That requires a change of government.
"Sinn Féin has demonstrated how more people could and should have been taken out of the USC net.
"We showed that there was no need to introduce Water Charges or continue the Property Tax.
"Fine Gael and Labour have long since lost the mandate on which they were elected.
"Rather than today's PR exercise, the Government should put their policies to the people and call a General Election now."