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Sinn Féin to put major policy platform before the people seeking mandate to deliver real change

8 September, 2006


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP speaking as the party’s TDs, MPs, MLAs and MEPs begin a day-long meeting in Howth, County Dublin said: “Sinn Féin is going into the General Election determined to increase our representation and to deliver real change across Ireland.  At the core of our campaign will be proposals to end the crisis in the health service, advance the peace process and Irish unity and build a strong economy that delivers for all.  In the coming months we will be putting a major policy platform before the people and taking our campaign to every corner of Ireland.'  Following today's meeting Sinn Féin Chairperson Mary Lou McDonald MEP announced that the party would be holding a major rally to push for radical action to address the crisis in the health service.  This rally will take place in Dublin on October 21st.

 

Mr. Adams said:

 

“Sinn Féin is going into the General Election to increase our representation so that we can deliver real change.  Sinn Féin is ready for government but only on the basis of a programme for change.  In or out of government Sinn Féin is looking for a mandate to deliver on a republican agenda.

 

At the core of our campaign will be ending the crisis in the health service, advancing the peace process and Irish unity and building a strong economy that delivers for all.  In the coming months we will be putting a major policy platform before the people and taking our campaign to every corner of Ireland.

 

“The vast majority of people are angry because the Fianna Fáil/Progressive Democrat government has completely failed to use the wealth of the economy to provide a proper health service, sufficient housing and a decent education system.

 

“And Fine Gael/Labour is trying to get into power on the mantra of ‘anyone but Fianna Fáil’ – without any credible political platform. 

 

“Sinn Féin’s platform is a genuine republican one based on  a belief that a rights based approach is essential to ensure equality in Irish society and deliver on the commitments of the 1916 Proclamation and 1919 Democratic Programme.

 

“This means a change of political direction, a change that only Sinn Féin is prepared to lead. It means implementing policies that will end inequality and the privatisation of key public services.  We believe that a quality public health system is a basic prerequisite of any civilised society and can be provided. 

 

“Things can be better. Economic growth can be used to serve the people, and not the other way round.  Promoting workers rights and investing in public services will help the ongoing development of the economy.  They are not mutually exclusive.  A health service that cares for all regardless of income will not bankrupt the economy, in fact it is an investment.

 

 

“In the coming months we will also be setting out a far reaching policy platform including:- job creation, enterprise and regional development, workers rights, public finances, healthcare, housing and rural regeneration.  These alongside the peace process and building Irish unity will be at the centre of Sinn Féin’s Programme for Government.”ENDS

 

 

 

 

 

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