"Labour leader supports Fianna Fáil economic strategy" - Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has said that Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore is "contradicting himself" by calling for the removal of the Fianna Fáil government at the next general election but then supporting that Government's economic strategy. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
"We all want to see the removal of the Fianna Fáil-led Government at the next General Election. Fianna Fáil-led Governments have been in office continuously since 1997 with disastrous results. But Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore is contradicting himself when he calls for the removal of Fianna Fáil from office and then supports their economic strategy. He is backing €3 billion in cuts in the next Budget and supports the target date of 2014 for reduction of State debt to 3%. This is a recipe for savage cuts in the next three years. Instead we need a longer time frame and targeted investment to grow the economy and jobs.
"We have had a small foretaste of Fine Gael/Labour governance on Dublin City Council where Labour and Fine Gael abolished the refuse charges waiver system for low income families.
"The real challenge for Labour, Sinn Féin and all on the left of Irish politics is to achieve a government that is led by neither of the two conservative parties - Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael. Supporting the economic policies of either of these two conservative parties only delays that day further."