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Howlin comments show Labour willing to abandon principles for power – Cullinane

19 April, 2012

Sinn Féin's Senator David Cullinane has criticised comments made by Labour Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD in the Seanad today.

Senator Cullinane challenged the minister on the sale of state assets, accusing him of abandoning traditional Labour Party ideology in favour of a right-wing Fine Gael-led agenda.

Minister Howlin responded by saying it was “time to hang up ideology for a short while.”

Senator Cullinane said:

“Minister Howlin’s comments today show clearly that the Labour Party is willing to abandon principles for power.

“It beggars belief that a member of the Labour Party can be so flippant on what is an extremely important issue. Selling off state assets is a short-term measure with a long-term cost. The projected sale value of the asset disposals will make little or no difference to the state’s overall debt burden and despite the government’s assertions to the contrary, privatisation is not the route to perfect competition.

“If Minister Howlin really wants to ‘hang up ideology’ he should hang up the right-wing conservative ideology that this government has been peddling and instead stay true to the commitments made by the Labour Party before the election.”

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