Next election a choice between Fine Gael or Sinn Féin-led Government - Gerry Adams TD
"The next election will be a choice between a Fine Gael-led or Sinn Féin-led Government. It is a choice between two diametrically opposed visions for Irish society." - Adams
Responding to this evening's speech by Enda Kenny in Castlebar, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams said the next election would be a choice between a Fine Gael or Sinn Féin-led Government with very different visions for Irish society.
Gerry Adams said:
"The Taoiseach's speech was merely a back-slapping exercise which failed to address the growing polarisation in our society under Fine Gael and Labour and no new vision for the future.
"This Fine Gael Ard Fheis saw unbridled arrogance from Government Ministers entirely insulated from the effects of their policies.
"Fine Gael no longer has any mandate for the socially destructive agenda it is imposing in Government.
"It was notable that the Taoiseach barely mentioned the North in the course of his address. This is because he views the North as a foreign country.
"At the recent Stormont talks, the Taoiseach shamefully allied himself with the British Tories and tried to nationalise Fine Gael's Austerity agenda. He failed.
"The Stormont House Agreement was achieved despite, not because of this Fine Gael-led Government.
"The next election will be a choice between a Fine Gael-led or Sinn Féin-led Government. It is a choice between two diametrically opposed visions for Irish society.
"Fine Gael's way means further inequality, the continued pursuit of austerity with a continuation of cuts and charges aimed at low and middle income families, the destruction of public services including health, downward pressure on workers' wages and conditions, further attacks on rural Ireland and continued mass emigration.
"Sinn Féin's way means growing our economy out of recession, a recovery for all, real jobs with proper terms and conditions, decent public services accessible to all, including those in rural Ireland, and the building of a United Ireland and a citizen-centred, rights-based society.
"Rather than making speeches defending his record in the face of growing public opposition, Enda Kenny should call an election now and let the people decide which future they prefer."