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Change of policy not change of Ministers required

22 April, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Responding to the Taoiseach’s announcement of the new Junior Ministries Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the re-shuffle will do nothing to address the economic crisis unless it is accompanied by a fundamental change in Government policy.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Today’s re-shuffle will do nothing to address the current economic crisis unless it is accompanied by a fundamental change in Government policy and a plan to retain and create jobs. There is no sign of any such policy change.

“The thousands of workers who are losing their jobs every week are not interested in the careers of a handful of Government TDs. They are interested in measures to retain and create jobs, measures which were glaring by their absence from the emergency Budget.

“Sinn Féin supports the reduction in the number of Junior Ministers and in fact we would have gone further than the Taoiseach’s reduction of five. The question must be asked if there was no need for the Junior Ministers that were cut today then why were they appointed in the first place?  Was it another case of jobs for the boys and girls?

“The days of TDs seeking promotion to Ministerial posts on the basis of the salary increase must come to an end. They should be appointed only on the basis of ability and commitment to do the job.” ENDS

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