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McCarthy and Government cronies are far removed from reality

17 July, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has said Colm McCarthy and the members of Government are so far removed from the reality facing the hundreds of thousands of people dependent on social welfare that they are unqualified to recommend cuts to social welfare payments. Senator Doherty said the Government has no mandate to implement the report from An Bord Snip Nua and a general election should be called.

Speaking today Senator Doherty said, “Colm McCarthy and the other members of An Bord Snip Nua are all significantly high earners who are so far removed from the reality facing the hundreds of thousands of people dependent on social welfare that they are not qualified to recommend cuts to social welfare payments. This also goes for the members of Government who will now try to implement the disgraceful cutbacks contained in the Bord Snip report.

“The reality is that the Government has no mandate to implement this report. A general election should now be called so all parties can put their plans for economic recovery before the people and let them decide the way forward.” ENDS

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