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Cowen refereeing between two squabbling FF election candidates when the economy is in crisis

15 May, 2009

Sinn Féin North West EU candidate Pádraig Mac Lochlainn today called on Brian Cowen to start dealing with the serious problems facing the Irish public and stop wasting time refereeing between two squabbling Fianna Fáil election candidates. Pádraig Mac Lochlainn made his call as Brian Cowen travelled to Donegal to meet with Fianna Fáil’s additional EU candidate in the constituency.

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said:

“The country is quite literally falling apart. 200,000 people have lost their jobs in the last 12 months. The government is about to blow in the region of €70-€90 billion on the banks leaving future generations of Irish people in debt for decades to come. The reputation of this government has being damaged beyond repair because of the cronyism it has shown to its friends in banking and development circles, and this in turn is damaging the country. Yet, with all this happening, the Taoiseach, who is higher paid than the President of the United States, has left government buildings to come out to this constituency and act as a referee between two squabbling Fianna Fáil candidates.

“People are crying out for leadership. They are demanding explanations and apologies for what has taken place. They want change. They are sick of looking at Fianna Fáil and the Greens trying to pretend nothing untoward is happening while the country is in deep crisis.

“Sinn Féin is not willing to stand by while the government buries its head in the sand and and plays at politics as usual. There is nothing usual about this election. This election is a referendum on the government and I don’t, and the people don’t care whether or not there are one, two or twenty Fianna Fáil candidates running in the North West of the country. Who cares who got selected when or where or how. People care about losing their jobs, their fishing rights, their farms and livelihoods, the unfinished transport routes, the lack of communications technology and the disregard being shown to their democratic rights in the re-running of referenda that they say no to.

“I’m calling on people to use this election as an opportunity to send a strong message to the government by voting Sinn Féin, the real alternative to politics as usual. Vote for a united republican party.” ENDS

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