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Martin clinging to ministerial pension shows he's not interested in political refrom – McDonald

8 February, 2011

Sinn Féin Vice-President Mary Lou McDonald has said Mícheál Martin’s refusal to give up his €90,000 Minister’s severance package shows that Fianna Fáil are no more interested in political reform “than the man on the moon”.

“If Mícheál Martin wanted to really show new leadership while ordinary workers are losing their jobs, the first thing he could do is surrender his ministerial severance package,” Ms McDonald said.

She added that it was more than a bit rich for the new Fianna Fáil leader to conjure up new ideas about political reform when Fianna Fáil has been in power for 20 of the last 22 years and has done nothing to change the system.

Speaking today in Dublin, Ms McDonald said:

“The Fianna Fáil party leader’s record in Government has been abysmal.

“The shambles that is the HSE was set up while he was Minister for Health.

“FÁS was awash with bad practice and mismanagement while he was Minister for Trade & Enterprise.

“And, to cap it all, Mícheál Martin was Minister for Foreign Affairs when the IMF came in to Ireland and when the Fianna Fáil Cabinet he was a member of made a total hames of the economy.

“The best political reform that can happen is that Fianna Fáil TDs and ministers who have run this state into the ground are voted out on election day.

“If the Fianna Fáil leader wants to show leadership on political reform he should give his €90,000 severance payment back to the public purse and do it now.”


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