Sinn Féin will continue to oppose Tory-DUP cuts – Ó Muilleoir
Any new budget cuts will be strongly opposed by Sinn Féin, former Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir has said.
The South Belfast MLA was speaking after a Civil Service scenario-planning document, setting out possible spending cuts, was released today.
He commented: “The paper clearly shows that Tory austerity, which has already taken over a billion pounds out of our public services, is set, as we have warned, to continue unabated. Shamefully, the DUP has signed up to this Tory austerity agenda.
“We have only just seen the document and will take time to study it in detail but it can be taken as read that Sinn Féin will continue to oppose any cuts that impact on our public services and communities.
"These are cuts being imposed by the Tories and supported by the DUP but I do not believe they are justifiable or acceptable.
"The DUP had an opportunity to end austerity. Instead it propped up a Tory government determined to impose vicious cuts on our public services.
"I have requested a meeting to discuss the document with the Head of the Civil Service and the Department of Finance Permanent Secretary.
"Sinn Féin has also requested meetings with all government departments to discuss the implications of these financial scenarios
"Sinn Féin remains committed to restoring sustainable political institutions based on equality and rights which command public confidence and can deliver for all the community.”