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Events in Portugal expose anti-democratic nature of EU - Adams

24 October, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams has expressed deep concern at developments in Portugal which he said further exposed the anti-democratic nature of the present EU project.

Speaking in Limerick today where he is addressing the unveiling of a new monument to 1916 hero Con Colbert in Athea, Gerry Adams said:

“In recent days the Taoiseach was spinning another of his yarns when he claimed there had been a 'bloodless coup' here and that the Central Bank Governor said the army would need to be deployed around banks.

"Interestingly Mr Kenny never mentioned this in his evidence to the Banking Inquiry. It appears that this is more spin and scaremongering to justify the Government's imposition of deeply destructive austerity policies.

"Meanwhile in Portugal we are witnessing the makings of a genuine coup with the unwillingness of the establishment there to accept the outcome of an election and the support won by parties who oppose EU austerity.

"Effectively those who won the election are being prevented from taking office to appease an EU elite.

"This confirms the worst fears of people here about the direction of the EU and further exposed the anti-democratic nature of present EU project.

"We need to hear from the Taoiseach and the Minister for Foreign Affairs as to what the Irish Government position is on these developments."

Mr Adams also commented on reports that loans linked to Westport House estate, in Taoiseach Enda Kenny's Mayo constituency, are excluded from a NAMA sale following Government intervention:

"This intervention flies in the face of the Government's constant refrain that it could not intervene in the sale of the historic 1916 site at Moore Street.

"Once again I would urge the government to intervene in the NAMA sale of part of the Moore Street battlefield site and to declare the whole site around Moore Street a national monument. 

"NAMA has still to conclude this sale and Government intervention is the only way to ensure the protection of the site of last Headquarters of the 1916 Rising.

“The government must get NAMA to back down on the sale unless a commitment is given that the full terrace on Moore Street and associated laneways are protected.

“As we approach the Centenary of 1916, we must protect the full Moore Street site and preserve it as a 1916 quarter."

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