Sinn Féin the only party in the Dáil fighting cuts – Ó Snodaigh
Speaking after attending the rally outside Leinster House today in opposition to cutbacks Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh said Sinn Féin is the only voice in the Dáil that is opposing cutbacks with both Fine Gael and Labour signed up to cutting €3billion out of the economy annually for the next three years.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh also announced that he had a motion passed at the Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection this morning which called on the Minister not to cut disability or one-parent payments for CE scheme workers in the upcoming budget.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“Sinn Féin TDs and Senator today joined with thousands of others protesting outside Leinster House at the billions being pumped into Anglo Irish Bank and the programme of cuts which the Government is planning to introduce in the budget.
“As the Dáil returns today Sinn Féin is the only opposing to the policy of cutbacks as both Fine Gael and the Labour Party have signed up to cutting €3billion out of the economy, not just this year but for the next three years up to 2014.
“During this Dáil term we will continue to give voice to those who will be the target of this Government’s cutback policies. Just this morning I had a motion passed at the Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection which calling on Minister Ó Cúiv not to cut disability or one-parent payments for CE scheme workers in the upcoming budget. I hope the Minister will take heed of this motion.
“Sinn Féin does not buy into the rhetoric that there is no other option but to slash and burn our way out of recession and we have shown how billions of euros can be raised to invest in an economic stimulus plan that would reduce the deficit while building sound economic foundations for the future.” ENDS