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As ‘consensus talks’ crash, Sinn Féin proposals are receiving wider support - Morgan

20 October, 2010

Speaking this evening following the breakdown of the Government’s ‘consensus’ talks, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Finance Arthur Morgan TD said that while the much hyped talks have 'crashed spectacularly', a consensus for cuts still existed between the Government, Fine Gael and Labour.
He said a growing chorus of voices were now supporting Sinn Féin’s more realistic proposals for reducing the deficit by 2016.

Deputy Morgan said:
“It is clear from this evening’s statement by Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore that the Government’s much hyped ‘consensus’ talks have crashed spectacularly.
“However, the ‘consensus for cuts’ involving the Government, Fine Gael and Labour still exists.
"Fine Gael and Labour remain committed to cutting the budget deficit by 3% by 2014. They have locked themselves into a hopeless and unrealizable goal that will entail great hardship for ordinary people.
"Sinn Féin’s more achievable target of 2016 for reducing the deficit is being supported by more and more individuals and organizations as each day passes.
“The deficit must be reduced, not by cuts that hurt ordinary people but through a stimulus package, the creation of jobs, an overhaul of the tax system to make the wealthy pay more, and the elimination of wasteful spending.
“There is an alternative to the Consensus for Cuts and people realise this.
“Sinn Féin wants all those who believe there is a better, fairer way forward to form an alternative economic consensus to that being provided by the establishment political parties.
“We are also asking people to come onto the streets of Dublin on 4th December and to make a stand for a better way.” ENDS

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