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Yes vote a result of fear of the people rather than will of the people – Adams

2 June, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Commenting today in the aftermath of the Austerity Treaty referendum result, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:

“The strong No vote in the referendum and the acknowledged reluctance of a section of the Yes vote shows that a very large percentage of people are opposed to the government’s austerity policies and to the handover of Irish fiscal powers to the EU.

“Allied to this is the large number of citizens who didn't vote presumably because they felt there was no point in exercising their franchise.

“There is an onus on all political parties to ensure that citizens have ownership of our political system.

“The reality of mass alienation from that system allied to the dreadful social consequences of austerity policies needs to be recognised by the government.

“For our part Sinn Fein will continue to work in tandem with citizens who are making a stand in defence of their communities and families.

“The government must fulfill its referendum commitments to remove the burden of the banking debt from taxpayers and initiate jobs stimulus projects. Sinn Féin will hold the government to account.

“Fine Gael and Labour must not renege on these promises as they did with their General Election promises. And they should not see the referendum result as any sort of endorsement of their austerity policies.

“The YES vote was more the result of the fear of the people than the will of the people.”


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