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Fianna Fáil playing blame game to avoid general election – Doherty

24 June, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Responding to the tug of war that is ongoing between the Minster for Finance and his Department, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has said that the government is playing a blame game in order to avoid a general election, which he said, would ultimately give the final verdict of how Fianna Fáil mishandled the economy and caused the greatest economic crisis in the history of the state.

Senator Doherty said:

“Fianna Fáil has spent the guts of 3 years blaming all round them for the economic crash. They have blamed public sector workers, the teachers, the nurses and the community workers. They have blamed people on social welfare, children and the sick. The latest group to fall foul of the Fianna Fáil blame game is their own Department.

“The fact is that yes, the Department got it’s forecasts wrong year after year, however it is not the Department that formulates policy but rather the government of the day and it was precisely that government that chose to fuel the coffers of corrupt vested interests, property developers and bankers, all of which ultimately led to an over inflation of the property bubble and economic collapse.

“Of course all government departments should be reviewed for their efficiency – but most importantly the government Ministers should put their records before the public to receive their verdict.

“The reality is that the blame lies squarely at the hands of those government Ministers and TDs who are solely responsible for implementing policies which benefited nobody but a wealthy few. They are responsible for economic ruin and are now implementing measures designed to heap the blame on the most vulnerable sectors of society.

“They need to stop pointing fingers. The blame game is over. They have failed the people and should call an election so that the real verdict can be delivered.” ENDS

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