Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has today reiterated his party’s position that a fairer economic recovery is possible and that it must be the government’s top priority when drafting its next budget.
Speaking after addressing the 'A new course for better times' ICTU conference in the Mansion House, the Dublin South Central TD said:
“Sinn Féin agrees with deficit reduction, but we believe a different approach is possible. Each year we’ve presented the Government with alternatives costed by government departments – alternative taxes that won’t hit ordinary families the hardest, alternative savings that will eliminate waste and challenge vested interests, but protect frontline services and most importantly, a stimulus which will create jobs and put growth back into the economy.
“The Government failed to listen.
“The legacy of Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil’s handling of the recession has deepened and lengthened the recession and brought avoidable long-lasting consequences.
“We are at a point where the downturn has hopefully ended and we must rebuild. Now is the time to ask ourselves what type of country do we want to live in?
“The wealthiest in our society have not borne the burden of the austerity driven agenda. This burden has fallen onto the shoulders of lower and middle income families.
“Workers have been pitted against each other for low paid, low quality jobs for the foreseeable future.
“We do not want an economy that has been built on property or banking bubbles that are destined to burst.
“Sinn Féin wants to see real recovery, a fair recovery.
“The Labour party have shown their disrespect for the talent and skills of the Irish people through their support for zero hour contracts, for minimum wage employment and in the utterly failed jobs bridge scheme.
“We believe workers have rights and are entitled to decent pay in decent jobs.
“The Fine Gael and Labour government must champion an economic recovery that leaves no family behind.
“Sinn Fein has and will continue to provide a do-able, realistic, and costed alternative to unfair budgetary measures that have consistently targeted the most vulnerable in our society.”