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Joe Reilly describes FG/Labour pact as laughable

22 February, 2005

Sinn Féin candidate for the Meath by-election, Councillor Joe Reilly has described the pact between Fine Gael and Labour as "Laughable". Speaking in Meath today he said the pact was "all smoke and mirrors" and that "the two parties couldn't agree on the colour of milk never mind important political policies".

Councillor Reilly said, "The pact between Fine Gael and Labour that has been announced today is laughable, the two parties differ on a wide range of political issues including taxation, health, neutrality and the M3 motorway. The two parties couldn't agree on the colour of milk never mind important political policies.

"A vote for Fine Gael's Shane McEntee is a vote for the M3 to go ahead as planned and a vote for Labour's Dominic Hannigan is a vote against the M3 as planned. How can anyone ask the electorate to vote no.1 for one project and no.2 for the complete opposite project? Its all smoke and mirrors.

"Dominic Hannigan was elected to Meath County Council as an independent last June and joined with other independents and Fianna Fáil to elect Tommy Reilly as Chairperson. Is this pact still intact? Will Dominic be voting for Fianna Fáil when it comes to elect the next chairperson in June? He has subsequently joined Labour and is now part of an election pact with Fine Gael.

"This whole project is all about building the coalition of the confused. These two parties are more interested in taking power from Fianna Fáil than they are in their own policies and ideals. They‚d sell their own mothers if it would get them in power.

"Sinn Féin will stand on its own policies and republican values. We will be standing on our record of working in communities on local and National issues and our record of work on the peace process. The people know what they are voting for when they vote for Sinn Féin. They are voting for, among other things, an end to the two-tier health system, the M3 to be re-routed away from the Tara/Skryne valley, a proper transport system for Meath and on a national level they are voting for a united Ireland. We will not compromise our beliefs or our policies in order to gain power." ENDS

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