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Adams welcomes union support for 'progressive platform' ahead of election

15 February, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has welcomed today's statement by unions affiliated to the Right2Water campaign endorsing the idea of establishing core principles for a progressive government ahead of the next General Election.

The unions involved - the CPSU, the Communication Workers' Union, Mandate, OPATSI and Unite, are to convene a special May Day Conference to discuss the issue.

Gerry Adams said:

"I said last week that I believed there now exists a unique opportunity to change Irish politics for the better.

"I called on those who want real change, and who believe that a government without Fine Gael or Fianna Fail is possible, to work together towards that end.

"So, I welcome today's statement by the five unions affiliated to the Right2Water campaign.

"It mirrors my own suggestion of a Citizens’ Charter, encapsulating the fundamental principles that could take us towards a citizen-centered, rights-based society.

"This has to involve the widest possible participation of communities, social movements, trade unions, political parties and independents.

"We need a real debate in advance of the next election about the direction our country should take and the type of society we want to build.

"Today's development marks another contribution towards this."


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