Adams urges voters to reject treaty


Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in his keynote address to the party ardfheis called on delegates and voters generally to reject the “austerity treaty” on Thursday.

Over 1,000 Sinn Féin delegates gathered in the INEC centre in Killarney, Co Kerry this evening to hear Mr Adams declare, “austerity isn’t working and won’t start working on June 1st,” he said.

“Right now if you do not like the policies of the government you can sack them or re-elect them. You won’t be able to do that with unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Frankfurt and Brussels,” added Mr Adams

“That is undemocratic. Don’t give up your power. Don’t give your democratic rights away. And don’t write austerity into the constitution,” he said.

Mr Adams, whose speech was carried live on RTÉ, dedicated some 3 minutes 54 seconds minutes to urging a No vote which means that Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be permitted similar time on RTÉ tomorrow to call for a Yes vote.

The Sinn Féin leader said voters must be wise and reject the treaty. “It is a good and patriotic and positive action to say No to a treaty that is bad for you, bad for your family and community, bad for society and entirely without any social or economic merit.”

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