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Time for Fine Gael and Labour to grow a backbone – McDonald

6 April, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has called on Fine Gael and Labour to grow the backbone they promised during the election and let the people have their say on the EU/IMF deal.

Speaking in the Dáil Deputy McDonald said:

“This Fine Gael/Labour Coalition Government sought and received a mandate from the Irish people on the 25th of February last. That mandate was based on a whole series of electoral promises. It was meant to be a mandate based on commitment and backbone - and a mandate that would renegotiate the EU/IMF deal; impose burden sharing on gamblers and speculators, and reduce the crippling interest rate on money borrowed.

“That mandate has been blatantly breached by successive and startling u-turns.

“The results of the recent election were a clear indication that the Irish people had rejected the failed policies of the former FF/Green Coalition and were demanding change. The time is long past due for this new government to grow the backbone they promised. Acceding to the call for a national referendum on the EU/IMF deal is a sure fire way to do that.

“Members of this current Government voted against the calamitous EU/IMF deal only four months ago. What has changed so radically to make them renege on these so recent promises?

“I am asking the parties once more to stand by their electoral commitments. Let the people have their say. Put the EU/IMF deal to the people in the form of a referendum”

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