Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has welcomed the decision of Labour Senator James Heffernan to vote against the government on measures contained in the Social Welfare Bill this evening.
Senator Cullinane said however that it was a pity he was the only Labour Senator to have the courage of his convictions to vote in line with the Labour Party’s mandate and policy.
Speaking this evening Senator Cullinane said;
“This evening’s Seanad vote on the Social Welfare Bill has been a wasted opportunity for the simple reason that only one Labour Senator, James Heffernan, had the courage of his convictions to vote in line with Labour’s mandate and policy.
“Here was a real opportunity for Labour Senators who have publicly declared their reservations about cutbacks contained in the bill to vote those cutbacks down but all but one of them bottled it.
“Those Labour Senators who got a lot of publicity out of their posturing over this bill must now explain to the public why they have gone ahead and voted for it.
“The reality is that this bill will hit the least well of once again and the Labour Party, the people who promised to protect the public from the worst of Fine Gael’s policies, have broken their promises and voted these cuts through.”