Sinn Féin will secure a sustainable and fair recovery - Adams
Speaking at the formal launch of the Sinn Féin election campaign today, party president Gerry Adams TD said:
“Tá mé lán-sásta bheith libh go leir anseo i mBaile Átha Cliath inniú. Tá muid cruinnithe anseo chun tús a chur leis an bhfeachtas seo. Tá mé sásta go bhfuil an toghchán linn ar deireadh agus anois is faoi na daoine rialtas nua a roghnú. Bhí na cúig bliana deireadh an-chrua ar na daoine agus ní dhéanfaidh siad dearmad ar sin.
"Dúirt an Taoiseach nach bhfuil Sinn Féin in ann na figiúirí a chur le chéile ach inné thaispeáin sé nach dtuigeann sé a phlean féin fiú, mar níl plean aige. Tá sé ag cur an dalla mullóg ar dhaoine.
"Agus muid anois i mbliain cuimhneacháin 1916 tá seans ag gach saoránach sa toghchán seo athrú ollmhór a dhéanamh cosúil le céad bliain ó shin. Tá Sinn Féin ag iarraidh níos mó suíochán mar go bhfuil muid ag iarraidh athrú ceart a dhéanamh i saol na ndaoine.
"This in the first opportunity since the foundation of this state to elect a Sinn Féin-led, progressive, republican government, a government that will end inequality and unfairness. A government that will put the rights of citizens above the wants of the elites. A government that will work to unite the country, and deliver the promise of the 1916 Proclamation.
"Sinn Féin is fielding 50 candidates across the 40 constituencies. From Mizen Head to Malin Head, each one is fighting to win. Our candidates are representative of the communities we serve.
"I am proud to see women candidates and hope to see many returned as TDs. It is not enough for political parties to run women candidates. They also need to be contesting for winnable seats.
"Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil have tried to dismiss Sinn Féin but they - the parties of broken promises - have been caught out at the very beginning of this campaign.
"They have tried to buy the election with election promises. Their sums don’t add up. They have been caught cooking the books. Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil should withdraw their manifestos. They are based on a lie.
"They are trying to claim credit for an economic recovery for which they were not responsible and the Taoiseach refuses to answer questions on this because, he claims, and I quote, “I am not going to get into economic jargon which the vast majority of people do not understand.”
"So there you have it. According to the Taoiseach the people are stupid.
"The reality is that the economy is benefitting at this time from global factors such as favourable interest rates, low oil prices and a weak euro compared to the Dollar and Sterling. Real economic growth has been driven by Irish SMEs and by Irish workers.
"Unlike Sinn Féin, Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour have no real, long term plan for a sustainable recovery. Their political opportunism is based on boom and bust economics. Their election promise to end the USC wil disproportionately benefit the well off. The Taoiseach himself will be better off by around €12,000.
"They would give away half the money that should go to ending the chaos in health, introducing free GP care and prescriptions and building homes.
"Sinn Féin will secure a sustainable recovery and make it fair and equitable. We will support jobs growth across the regions including rural Ireland, support young people into work, SMEs and FDI and invest in the economy.
"Sinn Féin will deliver a fair recovery by scrapping Water Charges, the Family Home Tax and by taking 277,000 low-paid workers out of USC. We will build a universal health care system for all and invest properly in Housing and Childcare. Our proposals are prudent and responsible.
"We will use the current fiscal space to invest in health, housing and childcare. This will promote and sustain growth. Sinn Féin will secure a sustainable recovery and make it a fair one.
“We will also work with the British Government and with our Unionist partners in the North in a strategic and consistent way to implement the Good Friday and other Agreements, to consolidate the peace and to end divisions on this island.”