Adams: Fine Gael and Labour offer no alternative
Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams said neither Fine Gael nor Labour offer any real alternative to the current Government.
He said Sinn Fein wants to give a root and branch political reform, to protect and create jobs, and end what it termed the two-tier health and education systems.
The party president, who is standing in the Louth constituency in next year's election, pledged continued support for the peace process.
"Obviously the political focus right now is on the disastrous policies of this Government," Mr Adams said.
"The Budget, cuts to social welfare and the minimum wage, the IMF/EU bank bailout - all would have been rejected by the people if they had their say.
"We need a general election. But let nobody think that Fine Gael or Labour offer any kind of alternative.
"Both these parties are committed to implementing the Government's cuts agenda. Both want to sack thousands of public sector workers."
Mr Adams said any cuts should be targeted at the top of society, beginning with the salaries of ministers, TDs, senators and top civil servants.