Time to accept that Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are not going to deliver - Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking in advance of a meeting of Sinn Féin's National Officer Board in Louth this morning, has said that the current government’s term has been characterised by indifference, inaction and inability, and that it is time to accept that the current Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil partnership arrangement is “not going to deliver” for citizens.
He also said the cost of living crisis, combined with inadequate, underfunded public services is a primary reason for the heightening demand for pay increases.
Teachta Adams said:
“Despite the constant pedalling of the term ‘new politics’, the reality of the current government’s term has been characterised by indifference, inaction and inability.
“On all of the big issues - the rental crisis, health, on housing and homelessness, on water, on properly investigating issues surrounding NAMA and on public pay - the Government has failed to take the decisive action or deliver the requisite investment needed to tackle the massive challenges facing citizens and society.
“There are also a litany of other important social issues that have not been addressed and it is clear will not be addressed in the government’s term in office - voting rights for the diaspora and citizens in the North, the Repeal of the Eighth Amendment and the recognition of Traveller ethnicity.
“The Government’s lack of preparation for Brexit and lack of responsiveness to the challenges faced by citizens and communities, and particularly those in the business and agricultural sectors has been equally disappointing.
“Some might argue the political opportunism of Fianna Fáil has not helped.
"Week in, week out, we are gifted to displays of political playacting by Micheál Martin and Fianna Fáil lambasting the government, but Fianna Fáil are as central to the decision making process, or indecision making process of government as Fine Gael and the Independents around the cabinet table.
“Such posturing offers nothing to the hundreds of thousands of citizens whose life is dominated by worries over money, keeping a roof over their head, paying hospital bills or back to school costs.
“The simple fact of the matter is the cost of living crisis, combined with inadequate, underfunded public services, means that many families are working long hours and still can’t make ends meet. It’s also the primary reason for renewed pay demands by workers in both the public and private sectors.
“And still the government preaches restraint and wonders why workers are demanding more money? They need look no further than themselves for the answer.
“In advance of the Budget, there was an opportunity to chart a new course - to build a fair economy, to reduce the cost of living, to invest in public services, to deliver tax fairness and to invest in our future.
“Instead of seizing that opportunity, we have a do-nothing government cobbled together not in the interests of citizens, but in the interests of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, that lacks not only vision but appetite, and it’s time to accept that the current government is not going to deliver anything of substance during its term in office.”