Speaking from Dublin today the Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has accused the Labour party of displaying a deeply cynical attitude to democracy.
Deputy Doherty also accused Labour of not taking their pre-election promises seriously and of playing on the fears of an electorate dealing with the effects of recession.
Deputy Doherty said:
“It is clear now that the Labour party have torn up their contract with the electorate.
“Their supposed red-line issues of protecting citizens from cuts and of not bailing out banks have been reduced to nothing.
“There are questions to be asked about whether or not the Labour Party ever intended on meeting the commitments they made pre-election and if this is the case I believe the party is displaying a deeply cynical attitude towards democracy.
“Sinn Féin has no confidence in this government. Their budget has been rightly criticised as unfairly targeting people on low and middle incomes and the vulnerable.
“There were choices to be made with this budget. There was a fairer alternative but the government parties refused to acknowledge this.
“Sinn Féin’s motion of no confidence this week gives voice to the deep anger within communities. We want a change of political direction and for this to be brought about there needs to be a change of government.”