Sinn Féin urges alternative Consensus for Real Recovery
Speaking outside the Department of the Taoiseach in advance of the Taoiseach’s meeting with Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny and Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore, the Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin said his party would not be part of a Consensus for Cuts and was joining with trade unionists, community and voluntary organisations and other progressive voices in calling for an alternative way forward.
“Today’s meeting involving the leaders of Fianna Fáil, the Greens, Fine Gael and Labour represents an effort by a totally discredited Government to win support for its slash and burn policies.
“The Fine Gael and the Labour Party leaders have already bought into the Government’s strategy of attempting to reduce the deficit to 3% by 2014. In doing so Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore are backing a totally flawed strategy that will worsen the recession and further depress the economy.
“They are facilitating what will be a savage Budget this December with three more to follow.
“It is especially disappointing that the Labour Party should lend itself to this course of action.
“Now is a time when parties of the left should be joining with trade unionists, community and voluntary organisations and other progressive voices in demanding an alternative way forward. That is what Sinn Féin is doing today. We are calling for
· The abandonment of the unrealistic and damaging target of 3% deficit reduction by 2014
· Revenue saving and raising based on fairness and efficiency
· Stimulus measures to protect and create jobs
· Protection of vital frontline public services including health, education and social supports.
“There needs to be a Consensus for Real Recovery not a conspiracy of political parties against the people. It is the people who have been left out of the equation and to include them we must have a General Election.”