Sinn Féin is ready to deliver in government
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams speaking at the party's final press conference of the General Election campaign called on all those eligible to vote to come out on May 24th and give Sinn Féin the strongest possible mandate to deliver equality for all citizens. Mr. Adams said Sinn Féin's priorities in government would be a strong and vibrant economy, the delivery of efficient public services and preparations for Irish re-unification.
Mr. Adams said:
"Over the last four weeks I have travelled the length and breadth of the state asking the electorate to endorse Sinn Féin's role in the peace process and to give us the strongest possible mandate so that we can deliver equality for all and a united Ireland.
"Our message is straight forward. Sinn Fein worked with others to deliver peace in Ireland. Our representatives work hard every day of the week in local communities. With the same commitment Sinn Fein will deliver on other huge challenges in the economy and public services.
"Sinn Féin is a party of government. We are sharing power with the DUP in the North and are ready for government in the South after the General Election.
"Sinn Féin will use our mandate wisely and to maximum effect to end the two tier health system and provide a medical card to all children under the age of 18. We will fund the building of 14,000 social housing units a year. We will reduce class sizes for under-9s. We will bring forward a major anti-poverty programme. We will invest public money in public services. We will support agriculture and balanced regional development. We will do these things while ensuring a strong and vibrant economy.
"We will also invest in mental healthcare including a suicide prevention programme and in a nationwide road safety campaign.
"In government we will immediately commence preparations for Irish unity, turning the aspiration for a united Ireland into a reality.
"We are asking the electorate to give us the mandate to deliver all of this in government.
"I want to appeal, in particular, to those eligible to vote for the first time and others who are thinking of not voting at all to come out on May 24th and make a choice. Your vote can make a difference. I am asking people to vote Sinn Féin and to join us in a historic movement for equality for all citizens in this country." ENDS