‘Our country deserves a fresh start form the failed politics of the years past. It also deserves a new hope that a new government guided by, the needs of the many, rather than the greed of the few can make a real, positive difference’
Fine words, loaded with promise and no doubt written with self -confidence.
But not my word. They are the words of Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore in their Programme for Government.
A government that took the hopes of the citizens and cast them aside with their manifesto promises.
A government drunk on hubris, reverted to type, the only difference being the names on the doors
A government that picked up the Fianna Fáil playbook and took it to a whole other level.
Yet despite the betrayal of this government. I believe that our citizens are still yearning for change.
Citizens across the state watched the Labour and Fine Gael conferences and wondered, ‘What planet are these people on’.
As families struggle to make mortgage and rent payments, as grandparents hope they don’t fall sick, as parents plan their skype call to Australia.
And yet the government tells us that we never had it so good.
They are fooling no one and deluding only themselves.
The people want change. They want a fair recovery.
In growing numbers people across Ireland recognise that Sinn Féin are the only party to deliver that change.
While other political representatives’ measure their success in terms of position and the size of their pension pot. That is not the Sinn Féin way.
We measure success by what we achieve for others, not by want we gain for ourselves.
We developed and embedded the peace process not for ministerial office but because it was the right thing to do.
We have a leadership team that put their own lives and liberty on the line because it was the right thing to do.
We carry the memory of party members who paid for their beliefs with their lives, to build a republic for all.
Yet the media are obsessed with the mathematic of the possible coalition governments.
They miss the point.
It is not about who you go into government with but what you want to achieve in government.
Sinn Féin want to lead a government which will deliver fundamental change.
To lead a government that will deliver a fair recovery.
A government that will build prosperity and equality for all.
A government that will provide public services and support for those in need.
A government that will unite our country and deliver the promise of Easter 1916.
Over 90 years Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour have failed in government to deliver these modest aims.
We have no interest in propping up failed parties for the benefit of ministerial position. That is what the Labour party is for.
A chaired, Let us commits that Sinn Féin will not enter a Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael led government.
I ask you to support motion 52.”