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Labour turning their back on their traditional base – Ó Snodaigh

2 April, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has accused the Labour Party of reneging on their election promises after they refused to introduce burden sharing and committed to pumping a further €24 billion of Irish taxpayers’ money into failed banks.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh was campaigning in Dublin today against the Universal Social Charge.

He said:

“On Wednesday evening Labour Party TDs voted against a Sinn Féin motion to abolish the Universal Social Charge yet on Thursday they committed to putting €24 billion more into failed banks.

“There is no talk of burden sharing with the gamblers who caused the mess yet they expect ordinary struggling families to continue paying a regressive charge.

“The Labour Party has reneged on their election promise to introduce burden sharing with bondholders. In voting against our motion to abolish the Universal Social charge they have turned their back on the communities from which they have traditionally received most support.

“Sinn Féin will continue to oppose the Universal Social Charge and the pouring of billions of euros of Irish taxpayers’ money into toxic banks.” ENDS

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