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Ireland: Sinn Féin launches a 'People's Pact' for Westminster election

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March 30, 2015 -- Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD points out that Sinn Féin's progressive politics is the only alternative to austerity.

Gerry Adams said:

Sinn Féin is totally and absolutely opposed to austerity north and south.

Any parties, which contemplate endorsing or supporting a cabinet of millionaires who are behind budget cuts, cuts to public services and cuts to social protections are ignoring the needs of the people in favour of narrow self-interest.

The people need to have the opportunity to have their say and their voice needs to be heard.

The parties at Westminster are committed to further austerity.

Sinn Féin’s progressive politics and commitment to the rights of citizens is the only alternative to that.

We want to see a society based on equality, inclusion and safeguards for children with disabilities, adults with severe disabilities and the long term sick.

We want to get the largest vote possible to oppose those austerity policies. We are committed to defending the core public services of health, education and the welfare system.

That is Sinn Féin's with the people and the message we are taking to the voters on May 7.

Later, Adams said suggestions that his party would end its abstentionism and take seats in Westminster are “a distraction”.

Speaking to BBC News as Sinn Féin began its Westminster election campaign, Adams said that his party are “active abstentionists”. “The party is very settled on this issue,” he added.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron on March 30 dissolved parliament ahead of the May 7 general election. The Labour Party and Conservative Party are running evenly in opinion polls.

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