Sinn Féin EU candidate for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada has stated that the latest update from the Government on its stability programme highlights the need for ordinary families to elect Sinn Fein MEPS who will fight against the consensus for cuts.
Speaking today, Ní Riada said:
“This document confirms that Fine Gael and the Labour Party are firmly wedded to their vicious form of austerity. The update shows that the Government is committed to taking a further €2 billion out of the economy through cuts to public services and taxes.
“Undoubtedly, we will again see the targeting of the most vulnerable and struggling families.
“The consensus for cuts is an agenda that is being driven by the European Union and implemented willingly, in this state, by a subservient Government. Fine Gael and Labour have focused on ring fencing the wealthy and their MEPs have danced merrily to the tune of austerity. They have remained silent while the people who elected them suffered.
“The ordinary people of this state have a great opportunity to create a bulwark between them and the attacks that will be unleashed at the next budget.
“They can create this bulwark by electing Sinn Féin MEPs who will stand up to the austerity agenda at European level and who will not shriek from challenging the Government at home on how it treats the poor and the vulnerable.
“Fianna Fáil have shown themselves to be completely changeable when it comes to protecting ordinary people. They signed the first memorandum of understanding with the troika. This would all still be happening if Fianna Fáil had retained power in 2011. For Fianna Fáil, speaking up for ordinary people is not a matter of principle but one of political expediency.
“People have an opportunity to elect four Sinn Féin MEPS in May. A strong Sinn Féin team of MEPs will not remain silent while our communities and our families are subjected to even further hardship as result of the next budget.”