Stanley calls for ‘new republic’

LAOIS-OFFALY TD Brian Stanley has said that the future of the State rests on returning to its past, by building a 21st century republic based on the values and principles of the 1916 proclamation.

LAOIS-OFFALY TD Brian Stanley has said that the future of the State rests on returning to its past, by building a 21st century republic based on the values and principles of the 1916 proclamation.

Speaking on Easter Sunday at Sinn Fein’s 1916 commemoration in Errill, Deputy Stanley said, “There has never been a greater need for policies based on sovereignty, independence and social justice.”

“Fianna Fail’s policies lined the pockets of the rich, bankrupted the state and saddled ordinary working people with the debts of rogue bankers and gamblers,” he said. “The current Fine Gael/Labour Government, having reneged on their election promises, is intent on ensuring that we pay every cent of these private debts.”

“Instead of squandering the people’s money in such a manner they should be investing in jobs and services. The private debts need to be decoupled from those of the state, they are not ours. Waste in the form of huge salaries must also be cut and we need fair taxation.”

Slamming the “corruption and gombeenism” that has blighted the state, Deputy Stanley criticised Fianna Fáil for trying to project themselves as great patriots.

“In reality the only cause they ever served was self-advancement and lining their own pockets,” he declared, adding that the current economic crisis has led many people to question the right wing policies espoused by the establishment parties.

“Once again people are interested in how society is organised and who has the real power. Throughout local communities people are volunteering and coming together to improve their local areas. People are organising and campaigning to stop cuts in vital services and against unfair taxes. All of this can only be for the common good and offers real hope for the future. We need to now lay the foundations for a new republic based on social justice,” he concluded.