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Fine Gael/Labour coalition would be more of the same – Ó Caoláin

21 June, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Responding to the confirmation by Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore that his desired outcome of the next General Election is a Fine Gael/Labour Government, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said:

“A Fine Gael/Labour government would be more of the same.

“Despite the increased poll ratings for Labour the reality is that Fine Gael will still be the larger party in a Fine Gael/Labour coalition. Fine Gael policy, such as it is, would result in cuts in much the same way as the present Fianna Fáil/Green government, including the axing of thousands of public service workers’ jobs.

“The people deserve to know what the policy platform of a Fine Gael/Labour coalition would be.

“In the leadership ‘heave’ in Fine Gael we heard not a word about policy – it was purely a personality contest, based on ambition and careerism.

“In the hype about the Labour Party’s poll ratings, policy issues were completely ignored.

“We most definitely need rid of this Fianna Fáil/Green Government but an alternative choice of ‘anybody but Fianna Fáil’ is not good enough.

“We need a decisive move away from the politics of both conservative parties, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. With the Labour Party clearly set on a path of rescuing Fine Gael yet again, Sinn Féin remains focussed on working for real change in Irish politics.”

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