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Doherty reacts to attack from An Taoiseach

12 November, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty, reacting to a an attack on his party’s policies from An Taoiseach Brian Cowen, has said he will not take lectures from a Taoieach who has brought the state to the brink of economic ruin and put thousands of Donegal people on the dole queue.

Senator Doherty said Sinn Féin has put forward a clear and achievable alternative that seeks to protect the less well off in this current economic climate.

Speaking today Senator Doherty said:

“Brian Cowen is clearly afraid of the Sinn Féin challenge in this by-election and is coming out fighting. I welcome that engagement but I will not take lectures from a Taoiseach that has led the state to the brink of economic ruin. Brian Cowen’s policies have led directly to job losses in Donegal with more than 21,000 people currently unemployed in this county.

“In our pre-budget submission Sinn Féin has put forward a clear and achievable alternative that seeks to tax high earners to protect the less well off in this current economic climate.

“We want to take money from the pension reserve fund to invest in the economy and get people back to work.

“We have shown how money can be raised to cut the deficit by €4 billion next year but we have said clearly that the 2014 target to reduce the deficit to 3% of GDP is unachievable.

“Our proposals will bring stability and growth to the economy which is what the international bondholders want to see.

“The international bondholders have reacted badly to every move Brian Cowen and his Government have made so far.

“Brian Cowen wants to target the least well off to pay for his incompetence while the wealthy continue to avail of lucrative tax loopholes.

“If elected by the people of Donegal South West in this by-election I can help bring an end to this Government and its disastrous economic policies.” ENDS

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