Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said it is unacceptable that Brian Cowen would seek to push ahead with a budget and a four year plan before dissolving the Dáil and calling a general election.
Mr Adams commended his party’s TDs for tabling a motion of no confidence in Brian Cowen and called on all members of the Dáil from across the political divide to support the motion.
Speaking from Donegal South West where he is canvassing with Senator Pearse Doherty, Mr Adams said:
“What Brian Cowen is seeking to do is simply undemocratic. He is denying the people their say in how we proceed.
“It is unacceptable that he would seek to push ahead with the budget and a four year plan before a general election.
“The people no longer have any confidence in Brian Cowen and I commend the Sinn Féin TDs for tabling a motion of no confidence in him today.
“All members of the Dáil from across the political divide should support this motion.
“The Taoiseach should publish his four year plan, suspend the budget and call a general election now.” ENDS
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The four Sinn Féin TDs have tabled a motion of no confidence in An Taoiseach Brian Cowen. Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin called on all those in the Dáil opposed to Brian Cowen's leadership to vote no confidence in him.
“This Dáil should have been dissolved by the Taoiseach last night. Brian Cowen no longer commands a majority in the Dáil. He should now put the issue to the test and allow a vote on the motion of no confidence which has been tabled by the four Sinn Féin deputies.
“Are we to continue with this charade which is an insult to the Irish people? They are being denied a democratic choice because Fianna Fáil and the Greens want to put the people in the straitjacket of a savage and regressive budget, a four-year plan and an IMF/EU loan BEFORE a General Election. Brian Cowen and his Government should go and go now.” ENDS
That Dáil Éireann has no confidence in An Taoiseach Brian Cowen who has misled and betrayed the Irish people, as admitted by his Green Party coalition partners, and who leads a Fianna Fáil/Green Party Government which has totally mismanaged the economy and sold our sovereignty to the IMF and EU. - Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Martin Ferris, Arthur Morgan.
Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has accused An Taoiseach Brian Cowen of clinging to power against the wishes of the people. Speaking after Brian Cowen made his announcement this evening Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the Government has no mandate to bring in a budget or to negotiate with the EU and the IMF on behalf of the Irish people.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“We are now in the bizarre situation in which both coalition parties have signalled an end to this Government but want to continue on making critically important decisions on behalf of the people.
“Brian Cowen is clinging to power against the wishes of the people. He has once again denied the people the general election they are demanding and which is so badly needed.
“All parties should put forward their ideas for our economy and how we should proceed from here and the people, in a general election, should decide the best way forward.” ENDS
Commenting on the announcement of the Taoiseach that he is to try to introduce a Budget, the four-year plan and the IMF/EU deal before dissolving the Dáil, Caoimhghin Ó Caolain said:
“A fatally wounded Taoiseach now wants to drag the country down with him and with Fianna Fail and the Greens.
“We have the extraordinary sight of one Coalition partner - the Greens - claiming to have no confidence in Fianna Fail and then agreeing to pass a savage budget and to sell out the people to the IMF.
“Fianna Fáil and the Greens want to deal further grievous blows to the Irish economy before they face election melt-down. We have had three years of slash and burn budgets and they have worsened the recession. Now we are being asked to accept a further four years of this economic madness.
“Today's events are a travesty of democracy. There needs to be an immediate General Election.
“Sinn Fein will continue to press relentlessly for that and we will vehemently oppose a budget that will drive large sections of the Irish people into poverty and delay economic recovery for years.” ENDS
Following the Taoiseach’s statement this evening, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said he flatly contradicted the Taoiseach’s assertion that the imperative was to get the Budget passed.
He called for a General Election now to allow the people to have their say.
Gerry Adams said:
“I totally disagree with the Taoiseach’s assertion that the imperative is to get the Budget passed.
“The Budget should be suspended.
“The Taoiseach should call an election now and put his proposals before the electorate alongside all the other parties who can also put forward their budgetary proposals.
“In this way citizens can have a say and a new Government can be mandated to proceed as the people decide.”
Sinn Féin MLA for Foyle, Martina Anderson, has spoke of the pressing need to address the shortfall in funding of domiciliary care and to protect and enhance current provision in order to deal with the changing demographics of our population.
Speaking before a Sinn Féin motion in the Assembly today dealing with this matter Ms Anderson said:
“The domiciliary care sector is under growing pressure, a pressure that will undoubtedly get bigger as the demographic within the north of Ireland change, with a substantial increase in the numbers of people requiring these services.
“According to the census figures, there has been an increase in almost 30 percent in the number of over 65’s in the western trust area alone over the last decade. By 2017 that number is expected to rise by over 50 percent while the number of over 85’s is expected to increase by more than 80 percent.
“The Western Trust however face a major shortfall in the domiciliary care budget which is leading to severe difficulties in the service.
“This I am sure will be mirrored in each and every other area.
“It is clear that current provision is leading to a false economy. It costs much more to keep someone in hospital, which is the inevitable result of a lack in domiciliary care than it does to pay for one hour home care through the day
“Evidence also suggests that reductions in the provision of social care can have a knock on effect of increasing demand for other health services, especially emergency care.
“Making the shift towards a greater focus on social care and prevention requires long-term political commitment and a fundamental shift in the way the health service works. Domiciliary care provisions must support the person with dignity and enable them to live their life independently and in the way that they choose.
“The stark fact is that the social care system is now effectively in crisis, with older people struggling trying to get home care package’s and those who are in receipt of services are having them withdrawn is unacceptable. This needs to be urgently addressed and an effective and realistic strategy needs to be forthcoming in order to provide the necessary reassurance for elderly members of our communities.”
Note to editor:
The motion reads:
That this Assembly notes the challenges posed by the changing demographics; and calls on the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to ensure that there is adequate investment in domiciliary care to meet the current and future needs of an ageing population.
“The death of Seamus Holland is now being treated as a murder inquiry. Our thoughts are with Mr Hollands family at this time. We have met with some of the family members and they are shocked and devastated.
Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the Government has no mandate to implement its planned cuts to social welfare payments and should call a general election immediately.
Speaking at a protest at Leinster House today Deputy Ó Snodaigh the Government should publish its four year plan and call a general election to let the people decide on it.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Sinn Féin will not tolerate social welfare cuts in the upcoming budget. The Government, as usual, is targeting the least well off to pay for this mess.
“But they have absolutely no mandate for any of what they are doing. The Green Party should have pulled out of Government today and allowed for an immediate general election.
“Instead we have the bizarre situation where a coalition partner has admitted that it will pull out of Government but it will first help it to pass its budget.
“The Government should now publish its four plan, call an immediate general election and let the people decide.” ENDS
Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said that today’s announcement by Green Party Leader John Gormley means that the Greens are to cut and run, while denying the people an immediate General Election.
“It is absolutely shameful that this party is denying the people an immediate General Election and helping Fianna Fáil to inflict further massive damage on the Irish economy and Irish society.
“Today’s announcement means that the Greens are to cut and run - to help Fianna Fáil to impose savage Budget cuts, to put the State in the hands of the IMF and then run for their political lives.
“The Green Party has played a disgraceful role in one of the worst Cabinets that has ever governed in any country.
“We now have the unprecedented situation where a Coalition partner has announced it is to pull out of a Government while at the same time preparing to help frame and vote for its Budget.
“The General Election in January 2011 will be one of the most important ever held. Sinn Féin will be standing as the only real alternative to the Consensus for Cuts.
“While the Greens will pay electorally for their disgraceful role, Fine Gael and Labour must be challenged also on their support for the Government’s economic strategy which opened the door to the IMF.”
Donegal’s island communities will be worst affected by the impact of government budget cuts, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has warned.
With the islands going to the polls today (Monday) in the Donegal South West by-election, Senator Doherty urged as many islanders as possible to cast their votes.
“It is imperative that the whole of this constituency shows its anger and opposition to the draconian budget cuts which are being pursued by this government,” Senator Doherty declared.
“That is particularly true of our island communities which have borne the brunt of decades of neglect and under-investment.
“Because of this neglect, our island communities are even less well-equipped than the rest of the county to cope with the budget cuts. Therefore, I am urging the people of Arannmore, Tory, Inishfree, Gola, and Inisboffin to show that they are not prepared to tolerate this neglect by sending a very clear message to Fianna Fáil when they go to the polls today.
“Our islanders have the right to the same level of public services as the rest of us. They have a right to the good healthcare and education. They have a right to make a decent living and for a sustainable fishing industry.
“All of these rights have been denied to them by this government and I am saying very clearly that this by-election offers them the opportunity to show that it is time for change – it is time for a better way.” ENDS
The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Workers Rights Martin Ferris has said that his party rejects any proposal to cut the minimum wage. He was reacting to hints from Finance Minister Brian Lenihan that the current hourly rate might be reduced by €1.
Deputy Ferris said: “People who are on the minimum wage are already in many cases living in poverty. A reduction would ensure that tens of thousands more people who are working will find themselves in an extremely difficult situation. That is recognised by the state through the Family Income Supplement which in effect acts as a subsidy for low paying employers.
“The claim by employers that slashing wages will create employment is a myth. It also overlooks the fact that while businesses were enjoying massive profits during the boom years wage levels did not rise to reflect that. What did take place was that people on low incomes faced steep increases in the cost of living through accommodation and other cost of living expenses.
“Now that this country has been brought to its knees by an incompetent elite it seems that they see forcing people to work for buttons as the solution.” ENDS
Sinn Féin announced this evening that the party would organise protests throughout the 26 Counties tomorrow over the Government's handing over of authority for the state to outsiders in order to bailout the banks.
Protests are planned for lunchtime and teatime tomorrow including one at Leinster House at 1 o’clock.
Further details will follow in the morning.
Reacting to the announcement this evening by An Taoiseach Brian Cowen that the Government is to seek funding from EU and the IMF, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said:
“This Government has no mandate to do what it is doing.
“It has handed over authority for the state to outsiders in order to get a digout for the banks, which the Irish people will have to pay for.
“The Government should resign so that ctizens can have their say in a General Election.” ENDS
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams is in Donegal with Senator Pearse Doherty for the last weekend of canvassing in the Donegal South West by-election.
Speaking this morning in Gaoth Dobhair Mr Adams said:
“This government is not trusted by the Irish people, and for good reason.
“There is no confidence in it here or on the international markets.
“For the past week government Ministers have tried to mislead citizens about the IMF/EU/ECB bailout.
“The government has made political choices which created and deepened the economic crisis. Government policy has burdened citizens with huge debts. All of this to bailout the banks.
“The people of Donegal South West have a chance this Thursday to have their say on these issues in a by-election which the government tried to prevent. Without Sinn Féin and Pearse Doherty there would be no by-election.
“I am calling upon voters here to make a stand. Stand up for Donegal and stand up for Ireland.” ENDS
Sinn Fein Dail leader Caoimhghin Ó Caolain has said that the Fianna Fail/Green Cabinet has no authority to incur further massive debt by applying for an IMF/EU loan and called on them to resign.
“The Fianna Fail/Green Government has no political authority and no democratic mandate to act in the name of the Irish people and to incur further massive debt on this and future generations.
“The Minister for Finance's announcement confirms what was being denied for the past ten days by this Government – that the Government is to put the State further in hock to international money-lenders. The cost is to be savage and widespread cutbacks that will plunge large sections of the Irish people into poverty.
“If they are not savage enough for the IMF and the EU they will be deepened further. Social supports, public services and jobs will be devastated if this proceeds.
“Fianna Fail, the so-called republican party, having squandered the people's money, has now sold out the remnants of Irish sovereignty in order to continue bailing out the banks. The Green Party has been reduced to a tattered mudguard for their corrupt senior partners.
“This Cabinet should resign and there should be a general election. I urge people to take to the streets in protest at the ICTU demonstration in Dublin on 27th November and the Sinn Fein rally against cuts in Dublin on 4th December." ENDS
Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has said he will not take economic lectures from the candidates of Fine Gael and Labour who are both part the ‘consensus for cuts’ and who have supported Fianna Fáil’s economic policies which led to the current economic crisis.
Senator Doherty said he is proud to put forward the only credible alternative to Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour’s disastrous policies.
Speaking today after both Fine Gael and Labour’s candidates launched inaccurate and electorally motivated attacks on his party’s economic policies Senator Doherty said:
“Fine Gael’s candidate Barry O’Neill has a brass neck to claim that Sinn Féin policies would lead to job losses while Fine Gael promises to sack 30,000 public sector workers if it gets into Government.
“Sinn Féin is the only party to produce credible and detailed job creation proposals and a coherent plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs.
“Despite the latest attempt by Barry O’Neill to misrepresent Sinn Féin’s position, as recently as yesterday our party leader Gerry Adams reiterated that Sinn Féin is not in favour of raising corporation tax.
“Regardless of the spin from the Labour candidate, Sinn Féin actually voted against the bank guarantee and has continued to vote against its extension every time it has come up in the Dáil.
“Both Labour and Fine Gael have joined Fianna Fáil in a consensus for cuts which will further contract the economy and lead to more job losses.
“These parties are clearly getting desperate in this election campaign but misleading voters is unacceptable in my opinion.
“Sinn Féin will not take economic lectures from these parties particularly given their position on cuts and their support for the Lisbon Treaty.
“They continue to support the Government’s unrealistic policy of cutting the budget to 3% by 2014 just as they supported the Government in the Lisbon Treaty referendum when Sinn Féin said the EU would go after our corporation tax.
“I am proud to put forward the only credible alternative to the slash and burn approach which all the other parties have signed up to and which have led us to our current position where the IMF is negotiating an end to this state’s economic sovereignty.” ENDS
Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the Government should throw the IMF out of the country before resigning and calling a general election.
Speaking at the Annual General Meeting of Dublin Sinn Féin Deputy Ó Snodaigh said Irish Sovereignty is not something that Fianna Fáil and the Green Party can sell off to the highest bidder.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“This Government has brought the country to the brink of economic collapse and now they want to sell of our hard won sovereignty to the IMF.
“The history of the IMF in other countries is one of privatisation of vital public services and mass unemployment.
“But there is another way. It’s time to burn the bondholders and nationalise Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Bank.
“The Government should throw the IMF out of the country before resigning and calling a general election.
“Irish sovereignty is not something that Fianna Fáil and the Green Party can sell off to the highest bidder.
“They have absolutely no mandate for any of what they are doing and they are acting against the wishes of the people.” ENDS
Speaking this morning, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that the Fianna Fáil/Green Party coalition could not be trusted in any negotiations with the EU and IMF.
He added that the Government was seeking to pull another political stroke by cobbling together a four-year plan to satisfy the EU and IMF and a so-called ‘bailout’ and selling this as an initiative.
Gerry Adams said:
“The Government cannot be trusted in negotiations with the EU and IMF.
“They have consistently put the interest of the banks before the interests of the people of Ireland. There is no reason to believe that they will defend public services, social welfare, pensions or the rights of Irish citizens.
“This Government would rather bring in outsiders to run the state than give the people their say in a General Election.
“They are trying to cobble together a four-year plan to satisfy the EU and IMF and to get a so-called bailout based on this.
“By exploiting the understandable fears of the electorate, their intention is to sell this as an initiative.
“If this happens, it will not be an initiative. It will be another stroke.
“The Government should end negotiations with the EU-IMF, suspend the budget and call a General Election.
“This would give a new government a mandate to deal with the economic crisis.
Note: Mr Adams is in Kerry for the funeral of publisher Steve McDonogh. He will spend the next few days in Donegal South West canvassing for the Sinn Féin by-election candidate Pearse Doherty.
Sinn Féin members will gather at the Teachers Club on Parnell Square tomorrow for the Annual General Meeting of Dublin Sinn Féin.
Delegates gather at a time of economic crisis in Ireland and debate and discussion at the meeting will centre on Sinn Féin’s alternative approach to the economy, resisting the intervention of the IMF and maximising Dublin Sinn Féin’s representation in the Dáil after the next election.
Dublin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh will address the media ahead of the meeting at 12.30pm at the Teachers Club on Parnell Square.
For more information contact Shaun Tracey on 0877735218.