Doherty outlines Sinn Féin approach to NAMA and Budget at party leadership meeting
Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty, briefing the party's Ard Comhairle this evening on the Oireachtas team's strategy for the coming term, said his party will be focussing on increasing pubic awareness on NAMA and opposing the Bill, as well as opposing cuts to public services in the savage and contractionary budget the government has planned.
Senator Doherty said NAMA is the greatest theft ever to be perpetrated on the Irish people at a time when the government is claiming it has to save money through cutting social welfare and essential public services. He added that the party will be producing its pre-budget submission in early November.
Senator Doherty said:
“Since the Dáil resumed, Sinn Féin has been to the fore in highlighting opposition to NAMA and exposing and holding to account government TDs who are squandering billions of taxpayers euros. We intend to up the ante in our opposition to NAMA in advance of Christmas and also to lead the campaign against cuts in the savage and contractionary budget the government has planned.
“NAMA is the greatest theft ever to be perpetrated on the Irish people at a time when the government is claiming it has to save money through cutting social welfare and essential public services. The government is putting €54 billion into NAMA as though it was monopoly money, but at the same time lectures us all about fiscal prudence and the need to reduce the deficit by targeting the most vulnerable.
“Sinn Féin will produce its pre-budget submission in early November. It will show how the economy can be stimulated, how jobs can be created and where there is money to be saved and raised, and challenge the lies about the economic solutions coming from government. We will continue to defend the most vulnerable from this government's attacks, and expose the corruption and cronyism that lies at the heart of the NAMA proposal.” ENDS