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There is an alternative to cuts – Doherty

6 October, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Speaking in the Seanad Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has hit out at the establishment parties for supporting public spending cuts. The Senator said that there is a better way to address the deficit which does not include cutting frontline services.

Senator Doherty said:

“The economy is in freefall. Ordinary people across the state are seriously struggling. They are looking to their elected representatives for leadership, they are not receiving it. Instead they are being told that the priority is to bail out the banks, the people come second.

“The three main parties have all signed up to spending cuts to reduce the budget deficit. We in Sinn Féin reject that notion. Yes the deficit needs to be reduced but a slash and burn job on public services is not the way to do it. The only way forward is to stimulate the economy. Sinn Féin would do this by investing in job creation and retention, by eliminating wasteful spending and by taxing the wealthy.

“More budget cuts will mean huge hardship for people across the state. In my own constituency in Donegal South West budget cuts will mean reduced hospital services, poor quality roads and schools and social welfare incomes slashed in a county which is one of the worst hit by unemployment rises.

“We in Sinn Féin will be launching our pre-budget submission in the coming months. In it we will show that there is a better way which is an alternative to cuts. Those who say that there is no other way are wrong.” ENDS

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