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Howlin must stop mollycoddling high rollers in the public sector – McDonald

29 November, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin public expenditure and reform spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald TD has called on her ministerial counterpart Brendan Howlin TD to “stop mollycoddling high rollers in the public sector.”

Speaking ahead of a Dáil debate on legislation which, if passed, will result in the government awarding annual salaries to the judiciary in excess of €200,000, Deputy McDonald said:

“Week after week Labour party ministers tell us they have no choice but to cut critical supports to struggling families and increase costs for small businesses.

“Politics is all about choices and being in government is about developing polices and delivering decisions that are in the national interest now and into the future.

“Protecting the high rollers in the civil and public sector is not in the national interest. Awarding salaries in excess of €200,000 to judges in a time of economic crisis is a scandal.

“Soaring unemployment continues, domestic growth is in decline and yet the Labour party continues to feather the nest of the judiciary as well as its own government ministers.

“Fianna Fáil in government introduced outrageous salaries for themselves and the upper echelons of the public sector, the judiciary, hospital consultants, county managers and VEC bosses.

“Labour’s time in government should be a turning point in this State’s history but all it has delivered to date is Fianna Fáils failed policies.

“When it comes to cuts Labour like Fianna Fáil continues to set its sights on the vulnerable and struggling families whilst protecting high rollers and speculative bondholders.”

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