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“Yes parties in conspiracy of embarrassed silence on Dell scandal” – Ó Caoláin

24 September, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has accused the Government parties, Fine Gael and the Labour Party of a “conspiracy of embarrassed silence” on the scandalous decision of the EU Commission to allow the Polish government to subsidise giant multinational Dell to the tune of €54.5 million to move to Poland at the cost of 1,900 jobs in Ireland.

Deputy Ó Caoláin was speaking after demanding in the Dáil today that the Tánaiste and Enterprise, Trade and Employment Minister, Mary Coughlan, schedule an emergency debate on unemployment as soon as the Dáil resumes after the Lisbon Treaty referendum. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“It is a complete travesty that the EU Commission approved a €54.5 million Polish government subsidy to Dell, facilitating their relocation to Poland at the cost of 1,900 jobs in Ireland. This announcement came just a few days after EU Commission President Barroso visited Limerick and unveiled a €14.8 million EU aid package for the 1,900 laid-off Dell workers. Yet here we have the EU Commission approving the use of Polish Government funds to facilitate the abandonment of those same workers.

“We are being bombarded with the message from the pro-Lisbon political parties to ‘Vote Yes for Jobs’ but now we see the stark reality of EU employment policies in action.

“The Tánaiste refused to answer my question on the Dell scandal in the Dáil this morning. She also failed to give a commitment to have an emergency debate on unemployment when the Dáil resumes after the Lisbon referendum.

“All the pro-Lisbon parties – Fianna Fáil, the Greens, Fine Gael and Labour – have been struck dumb by the Dell scandal. They are in a conspiracy of embarrassed silence because the EU Commission, by its actions, has completely blown out of the water the ‘Yes’ side’s false argument that adoption of the Lisbon Treaty is vital for jobs.” ENDS

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