Austerity completely at odds with the ideals of the Easter Rising and the principles of the proclamation - Martin McGuinness
Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said that austerity and the cuts championed by both the Fine Gael/Labour Government in Dublin and the Tory-led government in London represents a form of politics completely at odds with the principles of the proclamation.
Martin McGuinness is visiting Carlow today to fulfil a number of engagements, including delivering the main oration at the Easter Rising commemoration in Tullow.
"The ideals of those who fought in 1916 for the establishment of a republic are completely at odds with the tenants of austerity. The principles underscored in the proclamation provide sound evidence that the legacy of the Easter Rising is one which puts equality, freedom and social justice above all else.
"Austerity and the cuts consensus championed by both the Fine Gael/Labour Government in Dublin and the Tory-led government in London represent a form of politics completely antagonistic to aims of Pearse and Connolly.
"Communities and families in Carlow are experiencing the pain of austerity. It is unjust and cruel. It has delivered the scourges of emigration, unemployment and hardship. It has brought savage cuts to our vital public services. It has stifled the potential for growth and undermined the economy. It has failed the people.
"The Tory party in London are imposing the same on the North. This is putting real strain on public services, and costing jobs. They are promising more of the same after the election.
"Sinn Fein will continue to resist and oppose these failed policies right across the island of Ireland. Sinn Féin will continue the work of building a new republic. We will continue to fight for a fair recovery.
"The people of Carlow and Kilkenny can voice their support for this vision by electing a Sinn Féin TD in the form of Kathleen Funchion in the upcoming by election.
"A vote for Kathleen Funchion is a vote for a brighter future for all the people of this constituency. A vote for Kathleen Funchion is a vote against austerity and for fairness. It is a vote for equality and against poverty and deprivation.
"While others have sold-out the spirit of Easter 1916, we remain steadfast in our commitment to words of the proclamation.