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Finance Bill the end product of a terrible Government – Doherty

25 January, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty described the Finance Bill as the depressing end-product of a government whose political career spans some of the most disastrous economic policies ever witnessed.

Deputy Doherty said:

“The politics that created the current economic mess cannot bring us out of it. That politics is the politics of both Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael – it is the politics of cronyism and inequality- it is politics that believes in dismantling public services, cutting incomes, socialising debt and privatising profit, and deflating the economy.

“This is not a Finance Bill, it is the depressing end-product of a government whose political career spans some of the most disastrous economic policies ever witnessed, not just in this State, but throughout he world.

“The Government have failed to protect the vulnerable and, most importantly, in terms of ensuring economic growth, they are penalising rather than rewarding working families.

“Even worse is that the hundreds of thousands of working families whose efforts drive this economy have all but been abandoned in this bill – they have been condemned to endure higher taxes and more stealth charges, all to fund the policies of failure.

“We, unlike Fianna Fáil, the Green party, Fine Gael and Labour, realise that you cannot reduce the deficit by adding to the dole queues; you cannot stimulate the domestic economy by cutting incomes; you cannot claim to represent the best interests of people by facilitating the passage of a savage Finance Bill.

“The charade this week by Fine Gael and Labour highlights their contempt for the people of this State. The Government is in minority. A motion of no confidence would have been the straw to break the camels back. We would have gotten the general election that the people of this State need. So, why the sense of urgency to push through the Finance Bill, when they are so opposed to it?

“It would be funny if the consequences were not so devastating.

“The people of this State want change. They don’t want tweedledee substituted for tweedledum. There is no room for this type of politics in Ireland anymore. We can't afford it.” ENDS

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