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Government has no mandate to implement McCarthy report – General Election should be called – Ó Caoláin

17 July, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD has said that the Fianna Fáil/Green Government has no mandate to implement the sweeping measures in the McCarthy report which would “devastate healthcare for the sick, education for children, care for older people and social supports for all those who need them”. He called for a national debate on the way forward and a General Election.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The sweeping measures in the McCarthy report, if implemented, would slash and burn across our public services. They raise fundamental questions about what type of society we want to live in and have provoked widespread responses across the country, something that will continue to grow in the weeks and months ahead. A major national debate about the way forward is beginning but this is happening in a political vacuum.

“The Fianna Fáil/Green Government deliberately waited until the Dáil and Seanad were in recess before publishing the McCarthy report. The Government hopes to play clever political games and manage news over the summer months. Having refused to accept responsibility for the economic recession which was caused by its policies, the Government will now use the McCarthy report as the basis for cuts that will hit the most vulnerable the hardest. At the same time it will try to claim credit if it does not implement some of the harshest measures.

“The McCarthy proposals would devastate healthcare for the sick, education for children, care for older people and social supports for all who need them.

“The Fianna Fáil/Green Government has no mandate to implement any such programme. Therefore it should put this programme before the people in a General Election. Let the Government parties and all parties set out their plans to address the economic crisis and let the people decide.” ENDS

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