The Sinn Féin TD for Dublin South Central, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, has urged the public to support tomorrow's “Jobs not Cuts” protest being held in Drimnagh.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Sinn Féin is demanding that the government implement a proper jobs strategy.
“The Fine Gael/Labour government promised that jobs would be top of their agenda but what we have witnessed is more of the same failed strategy based on austerity. This has involved cutting spending and implementing stealth taxes that take money out of people's pockets and out of the economy. The government has prioritised the needs of zombie banks over the needs of people and their communities. Our economy is weaker now than when this government came to power eighteen months ago.
“Sinn Féin believes the government must create jobs to create wealth. Our jobs strategy would see €13 billion being invested in job creation and economic growth over the next four years. This would see the creation of 156,000 jobs and retention of 15,000 jobs. The plan would include the building of 100 new schools, 50 primary health care centres, and regeneration projects in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. The funding would come from the National Pension Reserve Fund, European Investment Bank and the private pension sector.
“The protest tomorrow will allow the public to voice their frustration and anger at a government that has placed the needs of bond holders over the needs of Irish citizens. We demand a change in direction for the government. We demand jobs not cuts.”