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Taoiseach fails to answer questions on Aviva scandal – Adams

19 October, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has accused the government of contributing to the Aviva scandal by failing to engage properly with the company or the unions; failing to examine other options and by pursuing an austerity economic strategy which is contributing to a worsening economic situation.

The Sinn Féin leader also accused the Taoiseach of failing to answer reasonable questions during Leaders questions about the role of the government in the Aviva scandal.

Mr. Adams said:

“The Taoiseach failed to answer reasonable questions about the role of the government in the Aviva scandal and the huge loss of 950 jobs that have been announced. Nor did he reassure workers that the government will seek to protect their rights and entitlements.

“The IDA and other state agencies should have gone through the business plan of the company; and Department of Finance officials should have met with the company and the union to see what could be done to reduce costs and protect jobs. This was not done.

“The Aviva scandal is further evidence of the failure of the government’s austerity programme. Government policy, including stealth taxes, rising unemployment and the crisis in mortgages, has reduced consumer confidence and spending and this has impacted on the insurance company.

“The government had warnings two years ago of difficulties within Aviva and failed to respond effectively.

“The government’s failure to bring forward a credible investment and job creation strategy is exacerbating a worsening economic situation.”

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