Seize the Moment #jointherising #right2change #ge16 #votesinnfein

 
Today Sinn Féin called on the Irish people to “seize the moment.” Martin McGuinness said “For the first time, in all our lifetimes, we have the opportunity to have Sinn Féin in government north and south.  Governments that will stand up for equality. Governments that will deliver a fair recovery. Governments with a plan for unity and reconciliation. Governments with a plan to sustain the peace process.  Governments that will act in the national interest.”
 
As we enter the last week of the election, and on the back of the massive turnout at the Right2Change march yesteday, it is clear that the vast majority of people are not experiecing a recovery. At our press conference today, Gerry Adams, Martin McGuinness, Mary Lou McDonald and Pearse laid out our alternative. This is what leadership looks like. 
 
 
It is time for change. Only a Sinn Féin led government can deliver that change. The establishment are throwing everything at us. We will rise to the challenge. 
  • Sinn Féin will abolish water charges and the property tax 
  • Sinn Féin will take more than a quarter of a million people out of the USC.
  • Sinn Féin has a plan to build 100,000 homes and guarantee rent certainty and security.
  • Sinn Féin has a plan to move from a dysfunctional two-tier health system to universal healthcare.  This means free GP care and prescriptions, an end to two-tier access to hospital care, dealing with the trolley crisis and prioritising disability services and mental health.
  • Sinn Féin has a plan to create more than 250,000 jobs and to ensure that workers are fairly paid with secure conditions.
  • Sinn Féin has a plan for Irish re-unification.
 
For the vast majority of people there is no recovery – Gerry Adams
 
Sinn Féin leaders gathered in Dublin this morning to plan the final push for the general election campaign. Speaking at a press conference after the meeting party President Gerry Adams said:
 
“Enda Kenny says we must keep the recovery going. Michael Noonan says that the emergency is over. It is not.
 
“The tens of thousands of people who took to the streets of Dublin yesterday are very clear that the vast majority of people are not experiencing any recovery.“People know it is wrong that elderly people are languishing on hospital trolleys. People know it is wrong that children are growing up in hotel rooms. They also know it is wrong that families cannot make ends meet. 
 
“It is not an accident that these things are happening. They are consequences of the policies of Enda Kenny, Joan Burton and Micheál Martin. 
 
“On Friday, there is a big choice to be made. If €4 billion is taken out of the tax system, the consequences will be more elderly people on hospital trolleys, more children in emergency accommodation, and more families struggling to survive.
 
“Sinn Féin has a responsibility to set out the choices that our society faces.
 
“Instead of taking €4 billion out of the tax net, Sinn Féin will fix the chaos in our hospitals, will end homelessness, and will ease the burden on families.
 
“We don’t need to live in an unequal society. Every family has a right to share in the recovery.
 
“That is what Sinn Fein will fight for. That is what Sinn Féin will deliver.” ENDS
 
Martin McGuinness calls on electorate to seize the moment
 
Speaking at a press conference in Dublin this morning Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness has said;
 
“The last week has seen Fine Gael resort to the politics of fear, Sinn Féin are for the politics of hope.  Next Friday, the people will have the opportunity to change things for the better, and Sinn Féin want to be part of that change.” 
 
Martin McGuinness said:
 
“For the first time, in all our lifetimes, we have the opportunity to have Sinn Féin in government north and south.  Governments that will stand up for equality. Governments that will deliver a fair recovery. Governments with a plan for unity and reconciliation. Governments with a plan to sustain the peace process.  Governments that will act in the national interest.
 
“The events of last year showed just how important it is to have a government acting in the national interest.  During critical talks, the leader of Fine Gael reduced his role to that of a by-stander and the Fianna Fáil leader intervened to call for the suspension of the institutions.  This was highly reckless and clearly done for short term political opportunism.  The peace process is far too important for that to happen ever again.
 
“We are now delivering on the Fresh Start agreement and making progress.  We need to do more.
 
“The electorate now has the choice. Do they stick with the parties of boom, bust and broken promises or seize this moment in time, to elect a progressive republican government.
 
“Sinn Féin has a plan to deliver a fair recovery, we have demonstrated in the north that Sinn Féin in government secures public services and delivers jobs.
 
“Fine Gael might be into the politics of fear, we are for the politics of hope.
 
“On Friday, the people of this state have the opportunity to change it for the better, and Sinn Féin will be part of that change.”
 
ENDS
 

 


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