[Sinn Fein]

4 June 1997

Dublin First for Sinn Fein

Sinn Fein Candidate for Dublin South West Seán Crowe speaking at the party's final press conference this morning said:

``Throughout this election campaign and on doorsteps throughout Dublin it has become very clear that Sinn Fein's message is receiving an increasingly receptive audience. Sinn Fein's track record in working for and with the community is second to none. We have been with the people through thick and thin and we will continue to do so long after the last election posters have been removed from the lampposts and other political parties' cavalcades have deserted our streets.

``In the recent elections in the north one of Sinn Fein's central campaigning demands was for equality of treatment for all citizens - it is a demand which is equally pertinent to us all here in this state.

``Economic inequality has been a feature of life in Ireland since the foundation of the state, but never before has it been so starkly highlighted than with the so-called ``celtic tiger'' performance to date. While there is no doubt that this state is going through a period of massive growth, the wealth that is being generated is remaining in a very tight circle. Whole communities, both rural and urban are being left behind. The gap between the ``haves'' and ``have nots'' is widening.

``To first time voters I would say that the future is yours. How you act on June 6th will determine how our country and society will develop as we enter the new millennium. You can see for yourselves how working class communities in Dublin have suffered extreme neglect and abandonment by successive governments. There are areas of almost 80% unemployment in this city, where drugs and drug related crime are rife, where education opportunities and recreational facilities are negligible. If you want a change from the policies that have obviously failed our city and want community based political activists who will fight your corner in Leinster House I would urge you to vote Sinn Fein on Friday.'' ENDS

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