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Recovery requires removal of FF/Green government – Ó Caoláin

29 September, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Speaking before leading his Oireachtas colleagues back into Leinster House for the resumption of the Dáil and Seanad, Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said that economic recovery requires the removal of the Fianna Fáil/Green government and of their policies.

He said:

“The priority of the Sinn Féin Oireachtas members in this new term is to rid the country of this totally discredited Government. Having bankrupted the public purse, Fianna Fáil and the Greens are now politically bankrupt. They are running out of road.

“In the weeks ahead they are planning more savage cuts to public services – and for what? Not to balance the books but to continue to bail out Anglo-Irish Bank. What we need is investment in jobs not in zombie banks.

“While they impose their savage cuts they are depending on a rump of backbenchers whose only concern is the retention of their jobs as TDs. The jobs that should be concerning this Government are jobs for the 455,000 unemployed in this State.

“Two years after the crash the Taoiseach has unveiled a very belated jobs plan of sorts – but it’s all targets and little substance. It’s on a par with the promise they made, and have yet failed to fund, to supply IT equipment to every classroom in our secondary schools.

“We are challenging the Government in the courts on their failure to hold a by-election in Donegal South-West that is now outstanding for well over 15 months. All three outstanding by-elections should be held this autumn.

“People are on the streets today protesting at the Anglo-Irish Bank bail-out and the cuts. We urge more of them to take to the streets in the weeks and months ahead to oppose the cuts and demand a fair and effective way forward to economic recovery. Recovery requires the removal of this Government and of their policies.” ENDS

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