Sinn Féin has a plan to deliver a fair recovery - Martin McGuinness
Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has spoken of the positive change the upcoming Dáil elections can have on the lives of the people of the 26 counties.
Speaking tonight at a support rally for Cllr Carol Nolan, he said,
“For the first time, in all our lifetimes, we have the opportunity to have Sinn Féin lead governments north and south.
“Governments that will stand up for equality. Governments that will deliver a fair recovery. Governments that will act in the national interest. Government with a plan for unity and reconciliation.
“We have the opportunity to lead governments north and south and promote unity and equality. To lead governments North and South that stands up for you and the national interest.
“The electorate now has the choice. Do they stick with the parties of Boom, bust and broken promises or seize this moment in time, to elect a progressive republican government.
“Sinn Féin has a plan to deliver a fair recovery, we have demonstrated in the north that Sinn Féin in government secures public services and delivers jobs.
“Fine Gael might be into the politics of fear, we are for the politics of hope.
“Next Friday, the people of this state have the opportunity to change it for the better, and Sinn Féin will be part of that change.” ENDS
Text of full speech below:
One hundred years ago the rising was being planned, volunteers across Ireland were drilling and preparing. The proclamation was being drafted.
The people of Tullamore stood with the people of Cork, Dublin, Belfast and Derry.
It was a time before partition, a time of optimism and opportunity. A time when Irish men and women were united in a vision of a better Ireland, a united Ireland.
A republic for all citizen, founded on the principles of equality, solidarity and sovereignty.
One hundred years on, these principles remain the issue of the day.
For the first time, in all our lifetimes, we have the opportunity to have Sinn Féin lead governments north and south.
Governments that will stand up for equality. Governments that will deliver a fair recovery. Governments that will act in the national interest. Government with a plan for unity and reconciliation.
I have listened to the comments of other parties that have questioned Sinn Féin fitness for government.
The same people sit with me on the all-Ireland Ministerial Council. They have negotiated alongside of us. Their official works with us day in and day out.
Yet their public positions gives succour to those opposed to the power sharing and the Good Friday Agreement.
Progress in the north cannot be collateral damage in the election campaigns of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
If we had listened to the advice of the leader of Fianna Fáil the institution in the north would be collapsed.
It will be up to the electorate to determine who is fit for government.
Government is not the automatic entitlement of Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil.
It is up to the people to decide. Do they stick with the parties of Boom, bust and broken promises or seize this moment in time, to elect a progressive republican government.
I will say this when Sinn Fein makes a promise we keep it.
Sinn Féin has delivered in the peace process.
We now have stability, peace and progress.
When others said the conflict was intractable we persevered.
And we delivered.
We still face significant challenges to resolve the issues of the past and promote reconciliation. The British government have failed to live up to their responsibilities.
The Irish government have taken their eye of the ball and hold the British to account for failing the families of Dublin and Monaghan and the Finucane’s and countless others.
Sinn Féin in government in Dublin will stand by the agreements and hold the British government to account as a co-equal partner.
The Tory Government in London continue to impose their failed austerity policies. They are following the policies of the current Irish Government. Cuts to public services, cuts to working families, and attacks on those most in need.
The Tory party retain the budget and fiscal powers. Their policies are unfair, undemocratic and economically counter-productive.
Despite this approach of the Tories, Sinn Fein in government in the North has
· Safeguarded the universal health care, Free GP care, Free Hospital Care and Free Prescriptions
· Blocked the introduction of water charges and privatisation of water.
· Unemployment rate to less than 6%
· We have led trade missions and secured the investment of 800 international companies that employ 75,000
The Tory Party are following the lead of Fine Gael in terms of economic policy. It appears that Fine Gael are following the election strategy of the Tories. The Tories used Project Fear in the last election to scare the people.
Fine Gael have employed the same tactic and same people in their campaign.
I have sat in board rooms of multinationals, I’ve made the pitch and delivered the jobs. I have worked with three American presidents and three British Prime ministers and numerous heads of state.
We travelled to the Basque country, the Philippians, Colombia, the middle-east and Mymar promoting peace and dialogue.
I have built up working relationships with Ian Paisley, Peter Robinson and other leaders of unionism.
Together we have delivered jobs, investment and peace.
Fine Gael might be into the politics of fear, we are for the politics of hope.
We have a plan to deliver a fair recovery, we have demonstrated in the north that Sinn Féin in government secures public services and delivers jobs.
We have the opportunity to lead governments north and south and promote unity and equality. To lead governments North and South that stand up for you and the national interest.
100 years ago James Connolly said that.
‘Opportunities are there for those who sieze them’