Thursday 22 February 2018

Adams: A united Ireland makes sense

DANIEL McCONNELL

LAST night, in his ard fheis address, Sinn Fein president and Louth TD Gerry Adams repeated his call for the two states on the island of Ireland to become one.

"A united Ireland makes sense, a single Island economy makes sense," he said. "It does not make sense on an island this size and with a population of six million to have two states, two bureaucracies, two sets of government departments and two sets of agencies competing for inward investment. Harmonising our systems will save money, improve efficiency and create jobs."

Mr Adams said a "new, agreed, united Ireland will emerge through a genuine process of national reconciliation." But he said that union must happen through "a cordial union".

He also said Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore "are out of their depth" and that the Government simply cannot be trusted on the fiscal stability treaty."

He attacked the Government over the continued exodus of our young people due to the recession.

"In this State, around 70,000 people are emigrating each year. That's nine citizens every hour. Rural Ireland, and especially the West, is being devastated. But it is an indictment of the two men from the West who lead this bad Government. Shame on you, Taoiseach. Shame on you, Tanaiste," he said.

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