Government must get serious about tackling poverty and inequality – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil today, has said that decades of Government neglect, including that of the Fine Gael/Labour Government, is responsible for the many problems in areas of high concentration of deprivation such as Dublin’s north inner city.
Teachta Adams said:
“We all know that the problems faced by Dublin’s north inner city are not accidental. The lack of opportunities, of decent services, of homes, of decent work, are all a direct result of decades of neglect and bad Government - including the Taoiseach’s own Government over the last five years.
“It’s also important to recognise that the problems in the north inner city are not unique. There are countless other communities throughout the State and across this island that face the same issues of social deprivation, economic disadvantage and the lack of opportunity.
“If the Government is to deliver for these citizens then the Taoiseach must deliver on his rhetoric of last night. Their starting point has to be the reality that your Government is not geared to eradicating social and economic disadvantage.
“It is their policies and the policies of Fianna Fáil which have created a deeply unequal society. Poverty is not an accident. Inequality is not an accident.
“I want the Taoiseach to commit today to a long-term resourced, integrated strategy to address poverty, drug addiction, educational opportunity, decent work and homes for the inspirational people of Dublin’s north inner city.
“I also want him to take that model into every disadvantaged community in the State - from Tallaght to Finglas, and Ballyfermoto to Muirhevnamor, to Farranree and Moyross. Our political system has let these communities down. The Taoiseach has the opportunity to correct this. I hope you he doesn’t fail in doing so.”