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Sinn Féin on track to make history in Meath West

23 April, 2007

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is on the campaign trail in Meath West today (Monday 23rd) and during the day will visit Navan, Kells, Carnacross,Delvin and Trim.  In an optimistic mood, Mr. Adams said the message coming across loudly is that people want change and it is my strong belief that Sinn Féin is on track to make history in Meath West.’ 

Mr. Adams said:

“Meath is the fastest growing county in Ireland.  A huge number of houses have been built here over the last decade but what the government failed to do was build communities. They allowed developers to build where they wanted but didn’t ensure that the proper infrastructure was put in place at the same time and now there are problems in relation to school places, childcare provision, the down grading of the hospital, traffic gridlock and even basic services such as water and sewerage.  And there is a real shortage of jobs within the county. 

“The message coming across loudly on the doorsteps is that the people of Meath want change and it is my strong belief that Sinn Féin is on track to make history in Meath West.  Sinn Féin is ready for government north and south.  On May 8th Martin McGuinness and Ian Paisley will go into a power-sharing government in the north and in the south we are seeking a mandate to be in government following the General Election.


“Joe Reilly has prioritised a number of key issues including Navan hospital, improved public transport including the Dublin-Navan railway line, better infrastructure and job creation.  These are the issues that we would prioritise for Meath in government.’ENDS


Commenting on today’s call from the Union of Students in Ireland Mr. Adams said:


"There are huge challenges right across the education system including the whole area of educational disadvantage. 

“Almost one quarter of children of working class parents do not sit the Leaving Certificate.  While about 90% of children from wealthy areas whose parents are higher professionals  go on to third level, less than 20% of children whose parents are either unskilled or semi-skilled workers do so.  The numbers leaving school without qualifications has remained unchanged since the 1990s, and an estimated 1,000 students per year do not even make the transition from primary to secondary education.    

“We are putting forward a series of measures to improve the situation beginning at primary level.  But it is also important that the situation is improved right up to third level. In government Sinn Féin would not re-introduce student fees and we support increasing the third level grant to reflect the true cost of living.”ENDS


Note to editor:

Tonight Gerry Adams will launch Dessie Ellis’s election campaign for Dublin North East at a community event in the Rivermount Football Club.

Tomorrow Mr. Adams will be on the campaign trail in Dublin North East with Councillor Larry O’Toole and in Dublin Mid West with Joanne Spain.


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