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Sinn Féin will vote ‘No Confidence’ in Fianna Fáil/Green Government

9 June, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has confirmed that Sinn Féin TDs will vote no confidence in the Government in the Dáil tomorrow evening. Speaking at a media doorstep at Leinster House today Deputy Ó Caoláin said the local and European election results have clearly shown that the people have no confidence in this Fianna Fáil/Green Party Government.

He said:

“The Sinn Féin TDs will be voting no confidence in the Government in the Dáil vote tomorrow.

“The people very clearly have absolutely no confidence in this Fianna Fáil/Green Government. They have shown that by their overwhelming vote last Friday in the local and European elections.

“This is a disastrous Government with no mandate. They have no political authority to govern and no competence to govern.

“400,000 unemployed people demand that this Government should go. The many thousands of workers whose incomes have been hit by pay cuts, short-time working and unfair levies demand that the Government should go. People hit by savage cuts to public services in health and education demand that they go.

“The coalition of corrupt politicians, property developers and bankers brought this economy to its knees and they should all be turfed out.

“People have not punished the Fianna Fáil/Green Government because a global recession has hit Ireland. They have done so because they know the recession is worse in our country as a result of the disastrous policies pursued by Fianna Fáil and the PDs for over a decade and the disastrous decisions made by Fianna Fáil and the Greens over the past year.

“The Programme for Government was negotiated by three parties, one of which, the PDs, no longer exists. The Green Party has been reduced to three seats in local government and Fianna Fáil has suffered unprecedented losses.

“Both the Greens and Fianna Fáil have changed leader since the 2007 general election and the economy has gone into deep recession.

“I want to commend all the Sinn Féin candidates elected to local authorities throughout the State. Our overall vote and seat numbers have held up well and we made significant breakthroughs in places such as Cork and Wicklow and Limerick.

“The broad left, of which we are a part, did very well overall and is now a crowded field. There needs to be co-operation on the left and Labour and Sinn Féin, as the two man parties of the left, need to build a political alternative. A Fine Gael-led coalition is not such an alternative.” ENDS

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