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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have failed the people – Gerry Adams TD

15 September, 2016 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking today at the start of Sinn Féin’s two day ‘think-in,’ accused Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil of having “failed the people on every count” and of providing “political cover for those involved in illegal and improper NAMA transactions”.

The Sinn Féin leader also urged the Irish government to act in the national interest of the people of this island and explore ways in which the north can remain a part of the EU: “The Taoiseach is duty bound to do this. It is the only way to avoid the re-emergence of an economic border.”

Gerry Adams TD said:

“The partnership between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil has limped along since the government was formed. It has reduced politics to a charade and failed the people on every count. They are not about solving the housing issues or the crisis in our health services or the other challenges facing our people and our country. Their focus is entirely party political. They serve the interests of the establishment, not the people.

“This is clear from the way they foisted €64 billion of private banking debt onto the citizens of this state. Now they reject €13 billion plus in tax owed by Apple.

“To their shame they also provided political cover for those involved in illegal and improper NAMA transactions. They can’t say they didn’t know. Sinn Féin raised NAMA at least 34 times in the Dáil. I spoke directly a number of times to the Taoiseach and Micheál Martin on these issues. I wrote to the Fianna Fáil leader. He never replied.

“Instead Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour voted against a Commission of Investigation. Now, in one graceless manoeuvre, Micheál Martin has moved on NAMA and Water Charges to the Sinn Féin position. This is all about cynical electoral repositioning. It is not about meeting the real challenges facing hard pressed families.

“In the upcoming period all politics and economic and fiscal policy will be affected by the outworking of the vote in Britain to leave the European Union. No one should be surprised by the British government and the unionists arguing for the maintenance of the United Kingdom. The Unionist leaders who lectured us for decades about ‘the majority’ are ignoring the majority in the North who rejected Brexit. Unionism is led by the nose by little Englanders.  

“The rest of us have to rise above all this. The Irish government in particular must argue in the national interest of the people of this island. It is vital that the Irish government explore ways in which the north can remain a part of the EU. The Taoiseach is duty bound to do this. It is the only way to avoid the re-emergence of an economic border.

“It is disappointing that the Taoiseach has not brought forward any proposals so far on the all-island Forum which Sinn Féin proposed in June and which he agreed to.

“Many sectors in the North realise the need for an all island approach. They must be given the opportunity to have their say. The Taoiseach must ensure that the DUP are not given a veto on this.”

Gerry Adams full speech

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