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McGimpsey attacked over budget position

9 December, 2010 - by Michelle O'Neill

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Health Michelle O’Neill has said that Sinn Féin will not take lectures from Tory Minister Michael McGimpsey on our stance in the current budget negotiations given the fact that the current spending cuts are coming about as a direct result of actions by his party colleagues in the millionaire cabinet in Downing street.

Ms O’Neill said:

This morning we heard the UUP health Minister Michael McGimpsey attacking Sinn Féin for a failure to roll over and agree the Tory cuts being imposed through the Comprehensive Spending Review and for seeking to bring forward a budget which will protect jobs, public services and the most vulnerable. This evening the political rational behind this intervention is laid bare.

At a time when the First and deputy First minister have been pressing the British government to honour their commitments especially in areas like the capital building spend and seeking areas where the Executive can raise additional revenue to try and offset the worst of the Tory cuts in areas like Health, Mr McGimpsey and his colleagues have been engaged behind the scenes repackaging the failed Tory/UUP merger.

People are fed up listening to Michael McGimpsey running away from his responsibilities as a Minister. He has never been a team player in this Executive and has never engaged in the heavy lifting.

Now it emerges that he will run in the Assembly election on the coat-tails of the British Tories the very party whose millionaire cabinet has brought forward the savage cuts which Mr McGimpsey has spent the past six months complaining about. Sinn Féin will not take lectures from a Tory grandee like Michael McGimpsey on any issue let alone a budget given their pathetic record to date in attacking the most vulnerable, public servants and health and education through the CSR process.

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