There is a fairer way – Adams
Gerry Adams opening this weekends Ogra Shinn Féin conference in Belfast said the Government has no real strategy to stimulate the economy or create jobs. He said Sinn Féin is for a Budget that invests in the future, creates jobs by building schools, hospitals, houses, the renewable energy sector, and business infrastructure.
Gerry Adams said:
“Though the international economic downturn has been a major factor in the current economic crisis, the Irish government’s mismanagement of the economy, particularly during the boom years, has left the state more vulnerable than almost any other in the world.
“Instead of dealing with this crisis properly the government rushed through cutbacks attacking school children, the elderly and working families.
“Over the last few weeks tens of thousands of citizens have taken to the streets to protest at government policies, including the withdrawal of the Christmas bonus, and to oppose the planned further cuts in the December budget.
“On a visit this week to Dolphins Barn I met local people, active in their community in support of the most vulnerable, who are deeply worried that the Fianna Fáil/Green Party budget is likely to rip the heart out of that community.
“The scrooge-like mentality of the Fianna Fáil/Green Party government knows no bounds. It has consistently underestimated the severity of this economic crisis. It has pursued a fiscal strategy which has not worked and which will drive hundreds of thousands more into poverty.
“It has no real strategy to stimulate the economy or to create jobs.
“The government has clearly indicated that next months Budget will be about cutting social welfare payments and the public sector pay bill, slashing health and education, and capital building budgets. Sinn Féin is fundamentally opposed to these policies. A more imaginative and alternative approach is needed.
“There is a need for new and innovative planning. Sinn Féin is for a Budget that invests in the future, creates jobs by building schools, hospitals, houses, the renewable energy sector, and business infrastructure. Such a long term approach will take the pressure off now while helping to solve longer term problems.
“Sinn Féin has detailed proposals in our pre-Budget submission to raise €7.623 billion. With this money the state can create a package to reduce the deficit by €3.7 billion and a stimulus package to encourage the economy.
“The reality is that the economy can be turned around in a fair and equitable way. On Monday Sinn Féin will publish our Pre-Budget Submission and we will put it directly to the Government in the Dáil debate on Tuesday.” ENDS