Adams sets his stall out in Mid-Louth

AT a public meeting in Dunleer last week, Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin candidate in Louth for the coming general election, said he wants to:

AT a public meeting in Dunleer last week, Gerry Adams, Sinn Féin candidate in Louth for the coming general election, said he wants to:

l Scrap the IMF aid.

l Scrap the Budget.

l Cap the salaries of those who lead state bodies at e100,000.

l Cut TDs salaries by 40 per cent.

l Shut down Anglo Irish Bank.

l Nationalise AIB and Bank of Ireland.

l Set up a credit flow for medium and small business.

l Put people back to work by re-building infrastructure such as the water supply system.

l Get rid of the HSE and establish a universal health service paid for by taxes.

l Establish a wealth tax and new tax bands.

l Continue the work that is going on both North and south to bring an end to partition.

When asked which party would Sinn Fein join up with after the election, Mr Adams said Sinn Fin would not put Fianna Fil back into government.

They would not put Fine Gael into government.

He was critical of the assumption of Labour and Fine Gael that the election was already won.

Sinn Fin would wait and see what the outcome was and then decide where they would stand.

"Lets wait until the election is over," he said.

Arthur Morgan, who has held the seat for Sinn Fein since 2002, described Mr Adams as a brilliant leader who has played a huge role in trying to establish Irish unity.

By deciding to leave his safe assembly seat in the North, he is showing his commitment to the people of Louth.

"By deciding to leave his safe assembly seat in the North," Mr Morgan said, "he is showing his commitment to the people of Louth.

"And I hope the people of Louth will give him the opportunity to show what he can do for this constituency."

Mr Morgan said there had been a huge waste of public finance by the government.

"One billion was cut from the health service this year alone. The wages of health carers has been cut when everyone knows that it is much better for families and the state to establish home care rather than hospital care.

"There has been wastage in all sectors. Chief executives are paid too much."

"We would put an end to this. We would establish a stimulus package for small businesses that can't get cash."

l Sitting Louth TD Arthur Morgan, Sinn Fin president and Louth general election candidate Gerry Adams and Mid-Louth based councillor Pearse McGeough at the party's Q&A in Dunleer