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Gerry Adams TD comments ahead of new Dáil session

16 January, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking this morning at a meeting of the party’s TDs and Senators ahead of the new Dáil session, has said that Sinn Féin will continue to be the leading voice opposing the failed policies of the Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil partnership government.

On the prospect of an election in the north, he said Sinn Féin in government will not tolerate incompetence, malpractice or allegations of a corrupt process.

Teachta Adams said:

“Sinn Féin faces into the next Dáil session resolute in our commitment to hold the government to account.

“In all of the areas of significant challenge; homelessness, the chaos in health, on housing and the rental sector, on water charges, and on public pay - the government is failing.

“Sinn Féin will continue to articulate a positive vision and an alternative to the politics of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

“In the north, we are facing into an election because of the actions of the Democratic Unionist Party, who have failed to live up to their responsibilities to represent all citizens, to promote equality and respect and adhere to the principles of good governance.

 “The potential loss of half a billion pounds of taxpayers’ money as a result of the RHI scandal has eroded public confidence in the political institutions and must be tackled. This is not an orange and green issue. The cost will be borne by services used by unionist and nationalist alike.

“No other administration would tolerate such a scandal. Though I am minded that Michaél Martin sat at the cabinet table for fourteen years, though I have no doubt there were good people at that table, he tolerated the corruption and waste of public money that characterised that period. Sinn Féin will not do that.

“Martin McGuinness resigned last Monday because it was the right thing to do, and we will not be nominating for the position of deputy First Minister today and the people must now have their say.

“In the aftermath of an election, all parties, as well as the two governments, have a role to play in rebuilding public confidence in the political process and the institutions and must ensure they deliver for all citizens on the basis of equality and respect.

“Sinn Féin’s resolve is to see the political institutions in place, but this must be on the basis of equality mutual respect.”

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