Sinn Féin will not join consensus for savage cuts – Ó Caoláin
Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said that his party will not be part of “a consensus designed to facilitate savage cutbacks and shield the Fianna Fail/Green Government from the political consequences”.
Deputy Ó Caoláin said:
“For the past week we have witnessed efforts to pull all the political parties in behind the Fianna Fáil/Green Government’s plan to slash and burn the Irish economy in order to reach a 3% budget deficit by 2014.
“Already the so-called main Opposition parties - Fine Gael and Labour - have signed up to that strategy. Sinn Féin will have no part in it. We are proposing a different way forward which will be outlined in full in our forthcoming pre-budget submission.
“Green Party leader John Gormley says he wants to meet the other party leaders. I am open to such a meeting but one thing is very clear - Sinn Féin will not be joining any false consensus designed to facilitate savage cutbacks and shield the Fianna Fail/Green Government from the political consequences.
“What is needed is solidarity with the people who are suffering because of the recession, not a conspiracy among political parties to cause further hardship.
“Fianna Fáil and the Greens have no mandate to impose savage cuts on the people, no mandate for the bank bailout, no mandate for NAMA and no mandate to continue in office.
“Fine Gael and Labour should set out their stall. They claim to be the Government in waiting but what is their joint programme? Will it include cuts to health and education and social welfare? Will it include water charges? Will it end the recruitment ban in the health services and other front-line public services?
“The next step must be to call a General Election and let the people decide.” ENDS