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Adams backs rescue deal referendum

Sinn Fein would agree to a referendum on the multi-billion euro rescue deal from the International Monetary Fund and Europe.

Party President Gerry Adams said the country could not afford to draw down the 85 billion euro loan.

Asked if he would put the IMF/EU package to the people, Mr Adams said: "If that's the way of strengthening whoever happens to be in government, if that's the way of putting it up to the European Union in the Irish interests, yes of course."

The Sinn Fein President also called for a referendum on the bank bailout.

He said the banking system and economy could be fixed through a jobs plan and not "dig outs to toxic banks".

"Sinn Fein is calling for a consultative referendum on this issue," Mr Adams said.

"It burdens every citizen, our children, our grandchildren and our great grandchildren.

"The people should have their say. There should be a referendum."

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