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Ó Cuív attempting to deflect attention from disastrous budget

9 December, 2010 - by Pat Sheehan, Westminster


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said Social Protection Minister Éamon Ó Cuív knows that the allegations he made against Sinn Féin today are untrue.

Mr Adams accused the Minister of attempting to deflect attention from his Government actions on the day it rushed through legislation to cut social welfare payments and reduce the minimum wage.

He said:

“The fact is that Sinn Féin has been resisting cuts in the North. However, control over fiscal matters remains in London and we have neither the power to set social welfare rates or to prevent them from being cut.

“Sinn Féin is demanding the transfer of fiscal powers from London so that we can have these powers.

“Minister Ó Cuív would be fully aware of the situation in the North and knows that the allegations he made against my party today are untrue.

“He is simply attempting to deflect attention from his Government on the day that it has rushed through legislation to cut social welfare payments and reduce the minimum wage.” ENDS

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