Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has accused Labour Minister for Business and Employment Ged Nash of posturing when he calls for pay rises for low and middle income earners.
Speaking today Deputy Adams said;
“Some 40,000 people left Ireland in the year up to April. Many of these left paid employment to build new lives for themselves abroad.
“Measures such as the Universal Social Charge, Water Charges and the Property Tax are making it impossible for many Irish people to cope and forcing them abroad.
“In many cases we are losing our best and our brightest.
“We must also be conscious of those who cannot afford to leave and are existing in desperate circumstances.
“The growing problem of Ireland’s working poor needs action rather than press statements. While we have had some posturing by Labour TDs, including Ged Nash’s call for pay increases for low and middle income earners, we have had no positive action from government.
“The reality is that the Labour Party has failed to stand up for working people in government and has simply acted as a rubber stamp for Fine Gael’s austerity policies.”