Jobless are paying for Fianna Fáil binge – Ó Caoláin
Commenting on this morning’s interview with Taoiseach Brian Cowen, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said the issue was not the Taoiseach’s physical state but the state of the nation as a result of disastrous Fianna Fáil policies which caused the crash and are now deepening the recession.
“The physical state of the Taoiseach Brian Cowen after the first night of his party’s think-in is far less important than what he actually said. He defended his Government’s plan to cut at least €3 billion in the forthcoming budget, devastating health and education and other public services.
“455,000 jobless people are now paying for the Fianna Fáil binge of the past 13 years when their Governments, in league with corrupt developers and bankers, inflated the property bubble, leading to the economic crash and the current recession.
“The Taoiseach’s colleague Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation, Batt O’Keefe, in a Freudian slip, said that they would be taking €3 billion ‘out of the economy’. That is exactly what is going to happen. The billions taken out of the public spending budget will suck the life blood out of the overall economy and lead to further unemployment and poverty.
“This Taoiseach and this Government are politically bankrupt and have no mandate to pursue the disastrous economic policies they have imposed on the Irish people. They should resign and call a General Election.”