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Kevin Cardiff fiasco shows the need for an end to cronyism – McDonald

24 November, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD this morning accused Labour party leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore of breaking a plethora of pre-election promises since entering Government with Fine Gael.

 Speaking in the Dáil during Leaders’ Questions Deputy McDonald said:

 “Before the election Labour was crystal clear. In government Labour would not cut child benefit, it would not introduce student fees or increase registration charges.

 “In fact the Labour Party attacked Fine Gael for proposing a 2% increase in VAT; a tax which will hit the poorest hardest.  Yet it appears now that the Labour party has u-turned on all of these pre-election promises.

 “The Labour party also promised to change to the political system and to put an end to cronyism, including big pay and pensions.

 “Yesterday the government’s nomination of Mr Kevin Cardiff to the European Court of Auditors was unsurprisingly rejected by the European parliament’s Finance committee.

 “But this nomination should not have been allowed proceed. The days where government remove officials by promoting them to a job in Europe need to be left behind. We need real accountability at the top.” ENDS

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