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Government fiscal outlook offers no comfort - Adams

5 November, 2011

Speaking today (Saturday 5 November 2011) as the party’s Árd Comhairle met in Dublin, Sinn Féin’s president, Gerry Adams said:

“The government admits that even if it implements its plans in full, in three years time we will still have 390,000 unemployed.

“How much more can working people take when the three pillars on which a just society is built: the health, education and social welfare systems, are being damaged permanently by cut after cut?

“Minister Noonan has said that the next budget will be 'tough but fair' and we have to ask: fair to whom?

“Meanwhile, the government's own growth estimates are revised downwards again. The plans are anti-jobs, anti-growth and are more of the same policies pursued by the failed Fianna Fáil-Green government. Where are the Labour Party’s promises to defend working people and protect frontline services now?” he added.

"Sinn Féin has repeatedly proposed that the government take a stand against the ECB/IMF and the unsecured bondholders. Economic growth needs jobs and investment in a comprehensive jobs strategy," he concluded.

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