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Would-be Government will not deliver real change – Adams

6 May, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, has criticised Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil for failing to deliver a programme which will deliver the change required to resolve the crises in health and housing.

Speaking during nominations for Taoiseach, Teachta Adams said:

“Seventy days on from the general election, it looks as though there will be a government elected today. But what kind of government? Certainly not a government enjoying the support of the majority of citizens.

“The joint Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil programme is masterclass in waffle and bluster. No real ambition. No big ideas. No costings. Little real detail.

“Never was so much negotiated for so long, for so little.

“Their joint paper contains a few miserly lines - not even a section - on health. It says the humane approach for the provision of medical card provision should be maintained. I would dare the Fine Gael or Fianna Fáil leader to tell the Dáil the current approach is a humane one, when all of us have constituents at their wits end because they can’t get a medical card under the current regime.

“On housing, there is no commitment on the construction of social homes whatsoever. All we have is a reiteration of the haphazard approach to a social, State-endorsed housing and homelessness emergency that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil caused in the first instance.

“On the issue of water, which was the main point of contention between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, we are told that Irish Water remains and water charges are merely suspended, completely contrary to the Fianna Fáil manifesto.

“And then there are the Independents who have signed up for this. Many of whom were amongst the most vocal opponents of Fine Gael and Labour’s policy agenda. Yet today they are on the cusp of voting for Enda Kenny as Taoiseach. The Taoiseach, for his part, said he would not countenance forming a government beholden to Independents. Another election promise out the window.

“However long it lasts, Sinn Féin will fulfil our obligations as the leaders of the opposition.  And in the interest of citizens, we will hold this Government - comprising Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and the Independents propping them up - to proper and robust account.”

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