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Sinn Féin tells IMF to go home

25 November, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Speaking after meeting with members of the IMF, the ECB and the European Commission today Sinn Féin Dáil leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD said he told the IMF that they were neither wanted nor needed in Ireland and that they should go home. Finance spokesperson Deputy Arthur Morgan and Parliamentary Assistant Kathryn Reilly joined Deputy Ó Caoláin on the delegation.

Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Today Sinn Féin told the IMF in no uncertain terms that they are neither wanted nor needed in Ireland and that they should go home.
“The IMF is not here to help the Irish economy. We have a structural deficit that can be addressed through a range of measures, including those put forward by our party. The crisis in Ireland is a banking crisis and the Government is pursuing the most costly avenue to address that banking crisis. And now the IMF and the EU are fronting the cash for that policy.

“In this State, the IMF encouraged Government measures of low public spending as a percentage of GDP and low taxes. They added their voice to the series of inaccurate forecasts about growth in this State. We told the IMF that we are aware of their record across the globe where they have insisted on reactionary, anti-people measures.

“We want no interference from the IMF in our economy and no burdening of future generations with massive debt and regressive economic policies.” ENDS

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