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Sinn Féin to launch priorities for budget 2006

22 November, 2005

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams MP will accompany Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Marylou McDonald and the Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD at the launch of the party’s priorities for budget 2006 entitled ‘Putting Children First Now – Time to Deliver’. The launch will take in the Boardroom in Buswells Hotel at 1pm this Thursday 24th November 2005.

Speaking in advance Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said, “The level of inequality and consistent poverty in this state today is testament to the fundamentally flawed approach of the FF/PD Coalition over their eight years in office. The attempt by the Government now to be seen to address this inequality is due in no small measure to the growing political strength of Sinn Féin.

“For Sinn Féin the real test is not rhetoric but the putting into effect of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. It means ‘cherishing all the children of the nation equally’ in practice.

“There is sufficient wealth in our society to ensure that, at the very least, no child should want for any of the basics of life and should be able to look forward to a full and rewarding future. 

“The priorities that Sinn Féin presents for Budget 2006 are designed to tackle immediate needs and the most extreme inequalities. A much more comprehensive approach will be required to move towards an Ireland of Equals. In this Budget we again urge the prioritisation of those most in need – the children of the nation.” ENDS

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