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Government must challenge European partners – MacLochlainn

15 March, 2011 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Speaking this evening against the Programme for Government, the newly elected Sinn Féin TD for Donegal North East Padraig MacLochlainn said that the people who voted in their masses in the February election had done so with hope in their heart and in the belief that they were voting for change, not delivering more of the same.

He said:

“The Fine Gael and Labour parties campaigned on something very different to what is in the Programme for Government. They did not campaign on the platform of implementing Fianna Fail’s four year plan. They did not campaign under the promise of not reversing the cuts, of upholding the Universal Social Charge, or of increasing student fees.

“Our people and our communities have been scourged by the failure of those in political power to do what was right by them. They need their faith restored not shattered.

“Sinn Féin’s plan contrasts with the FG/Labour Programme for Government in its totality. Our plan is about separating the banking debt from the sovereign debt and standing up for Ireland in real terms. It is about stimulus. It means cutting the wages of high paid civil servants and asking the wealthy to pay their fair share.

“Interest reduction does not go nearly far enough and the issue of defending the corporation tax is a false battle. Intelligent people know that these are simply distractions.

“The real battle is the challenge to our European partners to do what is right, to do what is fair; to do the decent thing and not force ordinary working families to foot the bill for reckless gamblers in financial institutions.

“The Programme for Government is not a template for success; it is a template for more of the same. And it will shatter the hopes of our people, the hope for change.

“I implore you and your colleagues in Government to not pursue this direction and instead to deliver a real republic, a real revolution for change. It is what they deserve.” ENDS

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