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Sinn Féin opposes Finance Bill and calls for election now

22 January, 2011


Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said that Fine Gael’s offer to facilitate the passage of the Government’s Finance Bill has exposed the fact that Fine Gael policies are no different to those of Fianna Fáil. He said the Taoiseach should call a General Election now.

Pearse Doherty said:

“The offer today by Fine Gael Finance Spokesperson Michael Noonan to facilitate the passage of the Government’s Finance Bill has exposed the fact that Fine Gael policies are no different to those of Fianna Fáil.

“Sinn Féin is totally opposed to the Government’s Finance Bill, published on Friday.

“This Bill, if passed, would put into legislation cuts introduced in the Budget. 

“It would be totally wrong to push through this legislation for which the Government has no mandate only weeks in advance of an election.

 “The Taoiseach needs to call an General Election now. It's time to let the people have their say. Let the parties present their economic proposals and budgetary alternatives and let the people decide.

“Fine Gael and Labour want to facilitate the Government in passing the Finance Bill.  They signed up to the consensus for cuts and they have said they won’t reverse the cuts introduced in the budget.

“Sinn Féin opposes the savage cuts outlined in the Budget and contained in the Finance Bill and has set out a clear and credible economic alternative which for which we will be seeking a mandate.”

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