Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has spoken by phone this morning with Alexis Tsipras, leader of the Syriza party in Greece.
Speaking after their conversation, Mr Adams said he had wished Mr Tsipras and Syriza well in Sunday’s Greek General Election and expressed Sinn Féin’s full support for Syriza’s call for a European Debt conference.
Gerry Adams said:
“I spoke this morning with Alexis Tsipras, Leader of Syriza. I expressed Sinn Fein’s solidarity with the Greek people as they struggle against the disastrous consequences of the austerity policies of the Greek government, the European Union and the IMF.
“On my own behalf and that of Sinn Féin I extended good luck and best wishes to Syriza in Sunday’s general election in Greece and expressed our full support for a European Debt conference.
“The austerity policies of the Fine Gael/Labour Government and its predecessors have inflicted widespread damage on Irish society and hardship on our citizens.
“A debt conference opens up the real prospect of debt being significantly reduced for a number of States, including Greece and Ireland.
“In this State that would free up more money for economic stimulus and funding for vital public services, including health.
“I have called on the Taoiseach to support this call, which is so clearly in the interests of Irish citizens. Yesterday, despite the Tanaiste’s apparent support for this initiative, he bluntly rejected that call. This is another bad decision by a bad government.
“Irish citizens should not have to wait for a Greek election for an Irish Government to stand up for their interests in the European Union. Regardless of which government the Greek people elect, our Government needs to put a debt conference on the agenda of the EU.”