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Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny should not underestimate the anger of a granny who can’t see her grandchild – McDonald

13 February, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has outlined the commitments of a Sinn Féin-led government at the launch of Sinn Féin’s Charter for Younger People in Dublin this morning.

She said only a Sinn Féin led government could break from the past of boom, bust and emigration and rebuild an Ireland for the return of our young people

The Dublin Central candidate said:

“In communities across Ireland there is real sense of anger and loss as parents leave their children to the airport as a result of the policies of Fianna Fail and Fine Gael.  Micheál Martin and Enda Kenny should not underestimate the anger of a granny who can’t see her grandchild

“For too long emigration has bene the price for the failed boom and bust policies of Fine Gael, and Fianna Fail.

“Sinn Féin has a plan to end the reliance on emigration and build an Ireland for the return of a generation forced to leave for work.

“The key issue for the diaspora is jobs and decent pay, education, homes and public services

“A Sinn Féin-led government would create 250,000 new jobs and reduce student fees. We would increase the minimum wage, enhance workers’ rights and tackle the prevalence of low-paid and precarious employment.

“We would provide 100,000 new social and affordable houses; reducing house prices and providing young people with the opportunity of a home. We will also introduce rent certainty and enhance tenants’ rights. We would prioritise and resource mental health services, providing a €35 million budget increase, with a particular emphasis on suicide prevention.

“We would give young people an enhanced voice by lowering the voting age and for those who remain abroad, we would extend voting rights to the Diaspora.” 

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