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Labour/Fine Gael pact represents further capitulation to austerity agenda – Adams

7 September, 2015 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said a pre-election pact between Fine Gael and the Labour Party would be the latest step in Labour’s capitulation to Fine Gael’s austerity agenda.

Gerry Adams said:

“The failure of Labour in Government has been stark. Labour Party figures continually tell us that they are there to put the brakes on Fine Gael's right-wing impulse, but the evidence tells us the opposite.

“Labour Ministers have been the most enthusiastic proponents of vicious cuts to the welfare of ordinary families.

“As a senior Cabinet member, Joan Burton oversaw the implementation of water charges, the Property Tax, cuts to child benefit, removal of medical cards, cuts to health and welfare, and a succession of stealth taxes.

“The call by senior Labour Party Ministers for a pre-election pact with Fine Gael comes as no surprise to citizens who have suffered as a result of Labour's actions in Government.

“It is the latest development in Labour's capitulation to Fine Gael’s austerity agenda and there is now a deep sense of betrayal among former Labour voters.

“The choice at the next election could not be clearer. It will be choice between a continuation of the failed politics of austerity advocated by Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour, or Sinn Féin’s fairer alternative involving investment in public services, job creation and a fair recovery which benefits all citizens.” 

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