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Budget of Cuts will be the real Programme for Government – Ó Caoláin

13 October, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD


Speaking ahead of the resumption of the Dáil this morning, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD called for a full debate on the Revised Programme for Government which he said was “a face-saver for the Green Party” full of aspirations but with few hard and fast commitments. He said the forthcoming Budget of Cuts would be the real Programme for Government.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“The Green Party and Fianna Fáil have produced a revised Programme for Government that is essentially a face-saver for the Green Party, allowing them to remain in Government and to avoid the punishment from the electorate which they would face in a General Election.

“This Programme needs to be debated section by section in the Dáil so that the commitment of the relevant Ministers to the measures outlined can be tested. The document is full of aspirations but has few hard and fast commitments.

“The leader of the Green Party John Gormley is his party’s former Health spokesperson in opposition and he was a strong critic of the inequity of our health services. Yet the Health section of the revised Programme is simply a continuation of the failed policies of Fianna Fáil and the PDs which have left our public health services in a state of recurring crisis, while boosting the for-profit private health sector. Having previously opposed the co-location of private hospitals on public hospital sites, the Greens have agreed to the continuation of these pet projects of Mary Harney.

“There is no reversal of any of the health cutbacks that have caused such pain in our public health services. Nor is there any reference to the McCarthy plan for a whole range of even more savage cutbacks across public services which will form the basis for the forthcoming Budget. That Budget of Cuts will be the real Programme for Government and it will take financial support and public services away from those who need them most.” ENDS

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