Commenting today on an RTÉ interview with Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Sinn Féin leader and TD for Louth Gerry Adams said:
“An Taoiseach had nothing new to say which would give hope to those citizens suffering deep hardship and distress from his government’s brutal austerity policies.
“Unemployment is rife, emigration is at record levels while his government inflicts vicious cuts and inequitable taxes on those who can least afford them.
“Mr Kenny tells citizens, patronizingly, that the issue of the promissory note is ‘very complex and very technical’.
“In reality it couldn’t be more straightforward — this government needs to stand up for Irish citizens and stop using public money to prop up banks and bankers. It needs to put the interests of Ireland first in any negotiations at European level.
“The Taoiseach also took the opportunity once again, to express his full support for his embattled Health Minister James Reilly.
“Minister Reilly however has zero credibility following his scandalous decisions in relation to Primary Health Care centres.
“He has now made clear through the HSE Service Plan 2013, that he is willing to further slash our public health services. Minister Reilly should go.
“I welcome the fact that An Taoiseach expressed the Government’s determination that those elements fomenting violence on the streets of Belfast will not be allowed to derail the peace process or to undermine the Good Friday Agreement. That should be a major focus for all political representatives in the immediate period ahead.”