"Fine Gael & Labour have betrayed the people of Kerry" - Martin Ferris TD
Speaking at the official launch of his election campaign Kerry Sinn Féin TD Martin Ferris accused both Fine Gael and Labour of betraying the people of Kerry. He said they had failed to deliver on what they promised before the 2011 election and don’t deserve the trust of the people.
Ireland South MEP Liadh Ní Riada was the guest speaker in front of a crowd of 300 people in the Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee this evening.
In a passionate speech Deputy Ferris warned that the Fine Gael and Labour were once again trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes with all sorts of promises that they have no intention of fulfilling.
“In 2011, many in this county put their trust in Fine Gael and The Labour Party. Here we stand, five years later, and that trust is in smithereens. The government has utterly betrayed the people of Kerry,
“Enda Kenny and Joan Burton were swept to power on a wave of promises. They vowed to bring the change and political reform for which this country was crying out. They said that they would put it up to the bankers and the bondholders. However, instead of the much vaunted “Labour’s way”, after a complete capitulation by the government, we got Frankfurt’s way.
“There has been no democratic revolution. The cronyism remains as strong as ever, all while the ordinary people of Kerry have been subjected to five years of cuts, chaos and hardship. They brought in the household service charge, the Property Tax and Water Charges and they washed their hands of the most vulnerable in our society.
“Frankly, I think Fine Gael and Labour Party TDs have a nerve to stand before the people of Kerry, claiming to have delivered stability, when they have broken nearly every promise that they made on entering government. That betrayal will not be forgotten or forgiven.
“The stability delivered by this government has only been for the well-off and the privileged. The working families of Kerry’s towns and villages have only seen chaos and they face a daily struggle to make ends meet.
“In this the centenary year of the Easter Rising, a rebellion sparked by the desire to overthrow injustice and to ‘cherish all the children nation equally’, we have over 1500 children living in emergency accommodation, while many more are going hungry. This is not the Ireland for which Pearse and Connolly gave their lives. The Ireland of Fine Gael and the Labour Party bares no resemblance to the vision contained within the words of the proclamation.
“Sinn Féin is determined to deliver a new and better Ireland based on the aspirations of the men and women of 1916. We want to be in government to deliver a real republic for all our citizens and not just for the higher echelons of society.
“Our goals are clear. Sinn Féin would deliver a fair recovery, invest in public services, and tackle the housing crisis. We are fundamentally committed to abolishing Irish Water and Water Charges, and scrapping the Property Tax
“Despite the spin from our opponents, Sinn Féin has developed comprehensive and costed policies in healthcare, housing and childcare. We have the proposals for creating a fairer society in which a home is a right, health care is accessed on the basis of need instead of income, and people can find decent work with decent pay. This is not fantasy. It is basic decency.
“I am asking people to come out and support Sinn Féin so that we can deliver for all our people."