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A year of a ‘do-nothing’ government – Adams

5 May, 2017 - by Gerry Adams TD


Commenting as the Fine Gael-led minority coalition marks twelve months in office, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD said, “the people of this state have had to endure a year of a do-nothing government. It is bereft of solutions to the serious problems faced by citizens and communities and lacks vision on the big issues of Brexit, the peace process and Irish unity.”

Teachta Adams TD said;

“Today marks a year since the Fine Gael-led coalition took office. It did so with the backing of Fianna Fail. They remain in power due to Fianna Fáil's steadfast support.

“After five years of brutal austerity and cuts, the people of this state have had to endure a year of a do-nothing government. It is bereft of solutions to the serious problems faced by citizens and communities and lacks vision on the big issues of Brexit, the peace process and Irish unity

“Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil call this ‘new politics’. There is nothing new or different about it.

“There are still chronic crises in housing, healthcare, and transport. Life in this state is still dominated by people sleeping in doorways, patients languishing on trolleys in our Emergency Departments, children being denied timely access to treatment, and families not having enough to make ends meet.

“The government has stumbled from one scandal – one debacle – to another. Nowhere is this more evident in policing and justice and their refusal to remove the Garda Commissioner from office.

“The absence of vision is also clear in the government’s approach to the economic and political threat posed by Brexit and its failure to ensure that the EU negotiating guidelines protect Ireland’s interests.

“On his trip to Canada, the Taoiseach said that currently politics is ‘both deteriorating and degrading of people and democracy’.

“Those words are an apt description of his own policies. The Taoiseach, his government, and their cheerleaders in Fianna Fáil, have done nothing to create to a fairer society. The sooner they go, the better.” 

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