Thursday, December 16, 2010

Gerry Adams in Cork to Promote Sinn Féin's Economic Alternative

Gerry Adams in Cork to Promote Sinn Féin’s Economic Alternative

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is in Cork today to promote the party’s economic recovery strategy and support its candidates at the upcoming general election.

At 11 am he will take part in a photo-call at the National Monument with the party’s general election candidates, Cllr Jonathan O’Brien and Cllr Chris O’Leary. Sinn Féin is targeting seats in both Cork City constituencies at the next general election.

Subsequently he will join Sinn Féin activists at a protest outside the GPO to mark the passing of the EU/IMF bailout deal yesterday by the Dáil.

At 12.30 Gerry Adams will lead a round-table discussion on “Ireland’s Economic Crisis: The Sinn Féin Alternative” at the Imperial Hotel. The event will involve local community, trade union and business representatives.

Afterwards the Sinn Féin President will visit City Hall to pay tribute to the memory of Lord Mayors Terence MacSwiney and Tomás Mac Curtain, whose 90th anniversaries took place this year, and mark the burning of Cork. He will be received by the Lord Mayor.

Commenting on the visit Cllr Chris O'Leary, who is Sinn Féin’s general election candidate in Cork South Central, said:
“Sinn Féin is the only political party offering an alternative to the government’s failed economic policies. That is the message Gerry Adams will bring to Cork today. Fine Gael and Labour have criticised individual measures, but are committed to following the main outlines of the government’s economic strategy – four more years of cutbacks, reducing the deficit to 3% of GDP by 2014, accepting an EU/IMF bailout for the banks.”

“Sinn Féin has argued consistently that cutbacks would only prolong the recession – and we have been proven right. We have argued that the bondholders should take their losses, and the resources of the National Pension Reserve Fund be invested in an economic stimulus package and job creation rather than poured into the black hole that is the country’s banks. We reject the government’s targets for reducing the deficit and we will not saddle Ireland with more debt to bail out international bondholders. Today’s opinion poll, which shows our party doubling its support, confirms what we have been hearing on the doorsteps over the past few months – that more and more people are recognising Sinn Féin is the only party offering a real alternative.”
For further information or comment contact Cllr Chris O’Leary @ 087/2794307.

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