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Lowry and Healy Rae engaging in worst kind of parochial politics – Doherty

6 December, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has accused both Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy Rae of engaging in the worst kind of self serving parochial politics with their decision to support tomorrow’s budget after negotiations with the Government today.

Deputy Doherty said the terms of both agreements must be published immediately as the public from all constituencies have a right to see them.

Speaking this evening Deputy Doherty said:

“Both Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy are engaging in the worst kind of parochial politics in holding the Government to ransom over their budget vote tomorrow.

“At a time of national crisis this behaviour is ridiculously irresponsible.

“Some of the consequences of this budget, if it is passed, are that more children will go to school hungry, more families will have their homes repossessed and our sick and elderly will have less chance of survival.

“However, for their own political survival, both Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy Rae feel that this is a fair price to pay.

“The public have a right to know the exact details of both of these deals and they should be published immediately.

“This is the type of politics that should be consigned to our history. Members of the Dáil are elected to deal with national issues and should not sell out the national interest for petty parochial issues.

“All TDs should take a position on the budget based on their analysis of whether it is in the best interests of the country and not on what’s best for their own individual constituencies.

“Dáil votes should not be for sale at any price.” ENDS

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