Adams speaks with new Greek Prime Minister
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD spoke by telephone this evening with the new Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.
Mr Adams congratulated the Prime Minister on his historic election victory and wished him well in his new position as leader of the new coalition government.
The Sinn Féin Leader also pledged Sinn Fein’s support for Mr Tsipras’s opposition to austerity and for the resolution of the debt burden as a European issue.
Speaking afterwards, Adams said:
“I spoke this afternoon with Greece’s new Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. I congratulated Mr Tsipras on Syriza’s historic and stunning election victory, and I wished him well in his new position.”
“I pledged Sinn Fein’s continued support for Mr Tsipras’s opposition to austerity, for the resolution of debt as a European issue and for the idea of a European Debt conference.”
“Austerity has heaped severe hardship on citizens in Greece, Ireland and across Europe. It has seen public services dismantled and vicious attacks on the welfare of working people. It makes no economic or social sense, except for the elites.”
“The Fine Gael/Labour Government in Ireland is ideologically wedded to austerity and has shown no appetite in seeking a better debt deal for Irish citizens.”
However, there is still time for the Government to take a more progressive position in defence of Irish national interests and that of citizens across the European Union.”
“The result of the election in Greece has given renewed hope to working people across Europe, including Ireland, that there is and fairer and more just way to deal with the economic challenges that we face.”