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Tuffy Opposed Coalition Deal – Will She Oppose Its Implementation - Ó Broin

9 March, 2011

Sinn Féin Dublin Mid West Representative Eoin Ó Broin has called on Labour Party TD Joanna Tuffy to commit to opposing public sector job cuts, sale of state assets and increases in university fees when they come in front of the Dáil. The call comes after Deputy Tuffy opposed the proposed Fine Gael-Labour Programme for Government at the Labour Party conference last Sunday over concerns on these three issues.

Ó Broin said:

"I welcome Joanna Tuffy TDs opposition to the Fine Gael-Labour Programme for Government. Like many people I share her concern that the programme will be bad for public sector workers, public services and students.

"The Programme commits the Labour Party to implementing the Fianna Fáil four year austerity plan, including €6 billion of cuts this year and €3 billion of cuts next year. It also commits the Labour Party to the EU/IMF bank bailout which will see billions of tax payer’s money being poured into toxic banks including Anglo Irish.

"There is no relief in the Programme for families crippled by the Universal Social Charge or the 2010 cuts to social welfare cuts. Nor is there any meaningful investment in or targets for job creation. The only jobs target is a commitment to cut up to 25,000 jobs from the public sector.

"All of this means that the policies of the incoming government will be the same as the outgoing government, despite promises of change by Labour during the election campaign.

"However the real test for Deputy Tuffy is not whether she opposed the Programme for Government at an internal Labour Party conference but what she does with her vote on the floor of the Dáil.

"I am challenging her today to state publically if she will match her talk with action and commit to voting against any reduction in public sector numbers, cuts to front line public services, sale of strategically important state assets and any increase in charges or fees to university students if and when these matters come to the floor of the Dáil." ENDS

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