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Programme for Government gives a green light for attacks on the most vulnerable – Adams

13 October, 2009 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said the new Programme for Government, agreed by Fianna Fáil and the Green Party at the weekend, means that the Green Party has signed up for savage cuts in public spending, NAMA and more attacks on working people and disadvantaged citizens.

Mr. Adams said:

“While the new Programme for Government avoids making any comment about the cuts that it will implement it states that its approach to the public finances will include taking into account the findings of the McCarthy report – this means severe and far reaching cuts to public services and social protections.

“Many people will be particularly angry that the new programme does not contain a commitment to maintain current social welfare rates and reinstate the Christmas Social Welfare Bonus. Why did the Greens seek no assurance on this key issue?”

Speaking in relation to the ongoing negotiations on the transfer of policing and justice powers from Britain to the North of Ireland Gerry Adams said:

“I briefed the Sinn Féin Ard Comhairle last Saturday on progress around the issue of the Transfer of Policing and Justice powers from Britain to the North of Ireland. We have since received a letter from Gordon Brown which I will put to a meeting of the party’s Officer Board today.

“We had a number of objectives in this negotiation — that was to get an adequate package on Policing and Justice and to ensure block grant monies for health and education would not be affected.” ENDS

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