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Vote for a new start and for real change – Adams

14 May, 2015 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD is in Carlow-Kilkenny today canvassing for a Yes vote in next Friday’s referendums and by-election.

The Sinn Féin leader joined the party’s by-election candidate Kathleen Funchion and Liadh Ní Riada MEP in Carlow Town and Tullow.

Speaking during the canvas Gerry Adams said:

“The Carlow-Kilkenny by-election provides citizens with an opportunity to say enough is enough to this government. As a result of its austerity policies there has been a perpetuation of inequality. This is no more evident than in this constituency with its housing crisis, inadequate provision of vital health services, and cuts to the rural bus routes upon which communities depend.

“Fine Gael and Labour have implemented Fianna Fáil policy and as a result the rich have got richer; a third of our children now live in consistent poverty; working families are paying water charges, a family home tax, higher VAT charges, and where our health service is failing to provide the care and protections for citizens that are needed.

“Their policies have led to massive emigration and an increase in low-paid and insecure jobs.

“Sinn Féin offers a positive alternative to all of that. We believe there is a fairer and better way to fix the economy, share the wealth more equitably, and build a better future for our children. Citizens want a new, fresh start. They want real change. They want a fair and equitable recovery. A vote for Kathleen Funchion will bring that closer.”

The Sinn Féin leader also urged a Yes vote in the referendums on Friday. He said:

“These referendums are a unique opportunity to advance the cause of equality and respect and inclusivity in Ireland. The Marriage Equality referendum is about love. The right of all citizens to love each other and to have that love respected. I am appealing to citizens next week to use their vote and to use it positively and in support of their family members and neighbours and friends and vote Yes.”

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