Speaking in the Dáil today on the Fiscal Responsibility Bill Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD challenged the government to explain why it was proceeding with legislation for a fiscal strategy that has already failed.
Deputy McDonald said:
“The Fiscal Responsibility Bill will damage the real economy, undermine delivery of frontline services and will push families into deeper debt.
“If this government continues to pursue policies that attack low and middle income families, policies that cut away the most basic social provisions and supports for carers, the disabled, for our children, policies that makes any chance of growth and recovery possible, then the human cost for many will be insurmountable.
“We need real reform. We need to put equality at the heart of all legislation and decision making that comes out of this institution. We need to start putting our people first.
“Recessions provide opportunities for change. Some of the most progressive social policies were put in place by governments across Europe during and after the Second World War. Standards of living improved and economies recovered.
“Ireland cannot recover without real and radical reform based on equity and justice. This Bill and the policies it embodies will enshrine austerity into law and this makes no economic or social sense.” ENDS