Speaking at the launch of Louth Sinn Féin’s general election campaign in Drogheda this evening, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said the upcoming election boils down to a straight choice between two very different visions for Irish society – “a choice between a Fine Gael-led government which will continue their policies of unfairness and inequality, or a Sinn Féin-led government that are committed to a recovery for all citizens”.
Teachta Adams said:
“The current Fine Gael-led government has presided over an unprecedented housing and homelessness crisis, chaos in our hospitals, increased taxes on struggling families and workers, regressive budgets, the dismantling of vital public services and the abandonment of rural communities.
“Going into the upcoming election, Fine Gael are advocating a return to the very same ‘boom and bust’ policies espoused by Fianna Fáil that caused the collapse of the economy in the first instance.
“The election will boil down to a choice between two very different visions for Irish society. It is a choice between a Fine Gael-led government which will continue their policies of unfairness and inequality, or a Sinn Féin-led government that are committed to a recovery for all citizens.
“A Sinn Féin-led government will end water charges and scrap the family home tax. We will ensure the economy serves society, not the other way around. We will prioritise investment in jobs and public services and build a fair tax system to sustain a more equal society.
“Unlike Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil or the Labour Party, Sinn Féin has a vision, grounded in Republican values. We are the only party that can lead a government to transform the political, social and economic life of citizens and build a better, fairer Ireland.”
Cllr. Imelda Munster, also standing for Sinn Féin in the Louth constituency, continued:
“Among Sinn Féin’s main priorities is the delivery of universal healthcare. This means free GP care, free prescriptions, ending two-tier access to hospitals and tacking the trolley crisis.
“We have committed to building 100,000 social and affordable homes and tackling the scandal of banks charging extortionate interest rates on variable mortgages.
“We will reduce and eventually abolish third-level student fees, invest in decent childcare, disability and mental health services.
“The upcoming election is a choice between the failed politics of conservative parties who have ruled the state since partition, or a genuine Republican alternative that offers the prospect of radical political change.”