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Kenny’s proposals distract from Fine Gael contradictions on cuts – Ó Caoláin

18 October, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Commenting on Enda Kenny’s proposal to reduce the numbers of TDs in the Dáil and to abolish the Seanad, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the reduction of TD numbers would limit the democratic choice of voters and ensure “the continued domination of Tweedle-dum/Tweedle-dee Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael politics”. Deputy Ó Caoláin said the Seanad, in its current form, should be abolished.

Speaking at a meeting of County Donegal Sinn Féin in Letterkenny today (Sunday) Deputy Ó Caoláin said that while the proposals should be debated they also served to distract from the fact that Fine Gael was essentially at one with Fianna Fáil in supporting cutbacks that would hit the most vulnerable.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Deputy Kenny’s proposal for the reduction of the number of TDs by at least 20 has come out of the blue and must have taken many of his colleagues by surprise. While some Fine Gael TDs might lose out by such a reduction, the most likely result would be the continued domination of Tweedle-dum/Tweedle-dee Fianna Fáil/Fine Gael politics, with the smaller parties being squeezed out and voters having a more limited democratic choice.

“The Seanad in its present form should be abolished but there would be scope for a truly demoractic second chamber, representative of civic society. These proposals should be debated but coming from Deputy Kenny at this time they serve to distract from the fact that Fine Gael is essentially at one with the Fianna Fáil/Green Government in supporting cutbacks in public services and social welfare that would hit the most vulnerable worst.

“The only difference with a Fine Gael-led government would be that they could blame ‘the other crowd’ for the cuts they themselves were inflicting.” ENDS

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