Republican News · Thursday 8 June 1999

[An Phoblacht]

Corruption bringing politics into disrepute - Adams

Speaking in Drogheda, County Louth, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said that corruption has brought politics into disrepute.

Adams was meeting community and residents' groups, trade unions and activists in Drogheda on Tuesday, 6 June with Louth County Councillor and Sinn Féin general election candidate Arthur Morgan.

Adams said the public was being asked to believe ``that nobody knew there was a conspiracy between big banking, big business and senior politicians''.

Adams said the Celtic Tiger was partitionist and increasingly a middle-class phenomenon. It was a national disgrace that a government with the biggest budget surplus in the history of the state was not providing proper childcare facilities or health service facilities, or dealing with the housing crisis.

Arthur Morgan will be the Sinn Féin candidate for the Louth constituency at the next general election. Last time out, Sinn Féin ran two candidates and doubled its vote to 8%. The party has a realistic chance of taking a Leinster House seat at the next outing with Morgan, who won a County Council seat last year.

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