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Friday can be the people’s rising - Gerry Adams TD

24 February, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has this morning said;

“There is no difference between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour.  Last night we got a stark reminder of the naked cronyism of these parties.

“Friday can be the people’s rising. Come out and vote, vote for hope, vote for change, vote for Sinn Féin.”

Deputy Adams was speaking at his party’s final press conference of the general election campaign.

He said;

“Last night during the final leaders debate, we got a stark reminder of the golden circle, Galway Tent politics of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, who have been appointing their cronies and friends to positions of influence in the State for decades.

“Enda Kenny finally admitted to appointing his party’s former Seanad nominee John McNulty to the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Despite promising a democratic revolution, he has kept Fianna Fáil’s legacy of cronyism and political patronage alive and well.

“There are two Irelands out there - one for the privileged and one for the rest of us.

“As we enter the final days of the campaign it is clear that there is no difference between Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour. 

“Sinn Féin is clear in our vision - unlike Labour, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil we will not give tax breaks to the wealthy. Instead we will use the tax revenue to build a universal health care system, to build homes, to invest in education and protect the vulnerable.

“We will end water charges, and the family home tax, reduce class sizes, recruit more doctors, nurses, GPs, midwifes and teachers, end prescriptions charges, end student fees and cap child care costs at €150 a week. 

“It is all a matter of political choices - a choice between tax breaks for the wealthy or investment in services and jobs.  Friday can be our 1916 Rising, an entirely peaceful one.  The republic should be the property of the people. I am calling on people reclaim the republic.

“On Friday I’m asking citizens to seize this opportunity, to elect a new progressive government led by Sinn Féin under the Right2Change Principles.” 

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