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Austerity policies failing – Adams

20 April, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Commenting on the Irish Times opinion poll this morning the Sinn Féin president and Louth TD Gerry Adams said:

“The big story from this opinion poll is the clear rejection by the public of the government’s failing austerity policies.

“Austerity is not working.

“This reflects what Sinn Féin is hearing on the ground. Citizens are hurting and this government needs to listen.

“The significant and painful cuts to public services, and the range of stealth taxes, including septic tank charges, the household charge, water charges which this government has decided to implement, are causing great hardship.

“The dreadful social consequences of austerity are to be found in the numbers of citizens unemployed; the thousands of our young people who are emigrating; in every household struggling to pay rent and mortgages and household bills; on every main street where businesses are shutting down; and in every hospital and school where reduced resources are hurting the sick and the young.

“More than 100,000 households are currently in mortgage distress with 91 more joining that number each day. This is unacceptable.

“The government is making the wrong political choices, including decisions to implement Fianna Fáil policy and its support for the Austerity Treaty.

“The Irish Times opinion poll is evidence of this and of the increasing concern and opposition of citizens to government policy. The government needs to change its policies.”

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