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Sinn Fein calls for unified opposition to budget cuts

Gerry Adams speaking at the Sinn Fein manifesto launch

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams has urged all NI's parties to unite in opposition to what he says are inevitable budget cuts.

He warned that whoever forms the British government will cut the block grant used to fund NI's services.

Speaking at Sinn Fein's manifesto launch, Mr Adams refused to speculate on the outcome of the election, and said his party did not mind who wins.

"What happens in the other island is for the people there", he said.

Pressed on whether his party would take their seats in the event of a hung parliament, the Sinn Fein president said nothing would change their policy of abstentionism.

Going to Westminster, he said, had "never worked out to the benefit of people of this island or any part of this island".

Sinn Fein's manifesto focuses on many areas, and highlights the work carried out by their ministers in the Executive.

It deals with the economy, regional development, education, health, criminal justice, agriculture, equality and the issue of Irish unity.

It also includes calls for a Bill of Rights.

The main points of the Sinn Fein manifesto include:

  • Irish unity: To secure a referendum on Irish unity and continue the engagement with unionists.
  • Economy: 12.5% Corporation Tax to be introduced across the island of Ireland; the Euro to be introduced to create a single Island currency.
  • Regional Development: Twenty new trains to be introduced.
  • Education: Oppose fees for full time students and extend free school meals for children.
  • Health: Winter fuel payments to be extended to cancer sufferers
  • Truth Recovery: Establish an international truth recovery process and call for full public inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.
  • Policing and Justice: The removal of MI5 operation and an end to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
  • End the use of plastic bullets.
  • Irish language: The promotion of the use of Irish street names and organisation.

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