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Ó Cuív engaging in hypocritical scaremongering on social welfare proposals

11 November, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has described comments from Minister Eamon Ó Cuív on his party’s social welfare proposals as hypocritical scare mongering.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said he won’t take any criticism from a Minister in a Government that has brought the state to the brink of economic ruin.

Speaking today after Miniser Ó Cuív issued a press release attacking Sinn Féin proposals Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Sinn Féin is proud of the fact that we genuinely prioritise the protection of those most in need in society rather than paying lip services as this Government continues to do as is prepares the most savage budget the state has ever seen.

“The Minister talks of pensioners in receipt of ‘extra benefits such as free fuel, free electricity and free telephone allowances, free travel, free television licence etc’ as if our elderly people never worked or paid taxes in this state.

“The fact is that the approach of this Government is not working as is evidenced by the fact that the interest rates on ten year bonds continues to increase every time the Government mentions harsher austerity measures. If savaging public spending could fix this economy then we wouldn’t be where we are now as we have already seen four consecutive budgets of savage cuts.

“The Minister says Sinn Féin’s proposals will scare money lenders but the fact is that the international bondholders are already scared to lend to Ireland as they keep increasing our lending rates. That is the fault of this Government.

“I won’t take any lectures from a Minister in a Government that has brought this state to the brink of economic ruin.

“The markets want to see stability and that is what Sinn Féin’s proposals are all about. We want to see a stimulus package that would help to create and retain jobs while at the same time we have identified where money can be saved to protect the most vulnerable. We want to target the wealthy to pay more for our economic recovery.

“The reality is that this is a Government of wealthy people for wealthy people. They do not want to target the wealthy, they want to protect them. They do not want to protect the vulnerable, they want to target them.

“Eamon Ó Cuív’s attack on my party is just hypocritical scare mongering designed to hide this reality.” ENDS

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