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Greens can’t be trusted to vote against pension cuts – Ó Snodaigh

8 November, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on Minister Mary White to back up her call for pensions to be protected by committing to vote against the budget if pension cuts are included in it.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh also called on the Green Party to state its position on Social Protection Minister Eamon Ó Ciúv becoming Fianna Fáil’s director of elections for the Donegal South West by-election at such a crucial time leading up to the budget.

He said:

“Minister White’s statement ruling out pension cuts can’t be trusted without a commitment to vote against the budget if pension cuts are included in it. Talk is cheap, only votes count.

“Last week the Green Party said they were in favour of holding all the by-elections but when push came to shove they voted against their own stated position. So they can't be trusted when it comes to pensions either.

“Sinn Féin wants to see pensions protected. However, unlike the Greens, we also want to protect children, the unemployed, students, carers, minimum wage workers and other vulnerable sectors of society and not for electoral purposes but simply because it’s the right thing to do.

“Sinn Féin is the only party to produce a fully costed pre-budget submission that provides for all social welfare schemes, including state pensions, to be maintained at their current levels. In addition we have sourced the funding necessary to return the Christmas bonus payment to pensioners and other social welfare recipients.

“I would like to know how the Green Party feels about Eamon Ó Ciúv swanning off to Donegal for the by-election when he has such a critical job to do in terms of the upcoming budget.

“How the Minister can claim to be working to protect the most vulnerable in society while he’s in Donegal heading up a by-election challenge is beyond me.” ENDS

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