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Government must defend ordinary people in IMF negotiations – McDonald

16 March, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has said Ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin must defend ordinary people in their meeting with IMF chief Ajai Chopra today.

Speaking in Dublin today Deputy McDonald said:

“The Government has talked tough on the issue of corporation tax with our European partners. Today they must match that rhetoric with a strong defence of ordinary people on issues such as water and property taxes and spending cuts that affect low and middle income earners.

“The Government must show some bottle when it comes to issues that affect ordinary people such as water and property taxes and spending cuts that affect low and average income earners.

“The IMF deal and its cutback agenda will cause untold hardship and must be challenged. Rather than going into today’s meeting to agree a common platform the Ministers must be championing the rights of the ordinary people who voted them into power just a couple of weeks ago.

“Ultimately the deal should be put before the people in a referendum. This would strengthen the hand of the Government and would also be the democratic way forward.” ENDS

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