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Morgan reacts to Dáil ejection

16 September, 2009

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Arthur Morgan, speaking after being ejected from the Dáil today, said it is his duty to put on record that the Taoiseach lied to the Irish people about the causes of the economic crisis and that the government was not being warned about the dangers of the property bubble.

Arthur Morgan said:

“I am elected by the people to represent the people. That is a lesson Fianna Fáil and the Greens could do with learning. The people do not want NAMA and I am not going to participate in a farce in the Dáil where the opposition spokespeople register their views but the government pushes NAMA through with a slim majority. People are demanding that the Taoiseach be honest about the extent to which he was aware when he was Minister for Finance about the impending economic crisis. People who are facing home reposession, whose businesses are being forced to shut down and those that are finding themselves thrown onto the dole queue feel betrayed by this government.

“This government has consistently lied about the causes of this crisis and are now lying about the solutions. They were warned about the dangers of the property bubble. We warned them. We raised this issue repeatedly over a long number of years in the Dáil.

“I will oppose NAMA and Bord Snip and the government’s plans for budget 2010. I am saying what the vast majority of people on this island want said. The Government has no mandate implement NAMA. Sinn Féin is committed to doing everything in our power to stop this bailout of bankers and developers coming into law. This is exactly what we will do. There is an alternative – that is the nationalisation of the banks and the establishment of a state bank.” ENDS

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