Doherty and McDonald to attend Economic Crisis seminar in London
Sinn Féin Vice-President, Mary Lou McDonald and West Tyrone MP and MLA, Pat Doherty will participate in a Seminar in London tomorrow Tuesday 28th February, titled 'Economic Crisis - Lessons from Ireland.
Speaking before traveling to London Pat Doherty said:
"I look forward to listening to a range of views from differing political perspectives on how best to get on the road to economic recovery and getting people back to work. Myself and Mary Lou McDonald will be putting forward the Sinn Féin economic and job creation analysis and will listen intently to other ideas.
"It is obvious that austerity is not working and that it is having a devastating effect on small to medium sized business in Britain and Ireland as well as those on low and fixed income especially those on benefit. Sinn Fein has been to the forefront of challenging the austerity policies of both the Tory/Lib. Dem government in London which impact heavily on the North of Ireland and those of the Irish government which although mainly affecting residents of the 26 counties have a knock-on effect on the island economy.
"What is required is efficiency and targeted capital investment in infrastructure, education, the Green economy etc to tackle unemployment, increase revenue and protect the social welfare budget to assist those who are vulnerable and in need. Sinn Féin believes that the most practical method of building for recovery in Ireland is to do so on an all-Ireland basis. Through agreement on joint planning and programmes the Executive and the Oireachteas could achieve substantial efficiencies through the elimination of duplication of services. This would then free up public finances to protect frontline services in areas such as Health and Education.
"I look forward to a comprehensive debate that will hopefully produce some new thinking and ideas on how we best move forward into a more stable and productive economy."