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Support for Hollande in France exposes rank hypocrisy of SDLP – Murphy

3 May, 2012 - by Westminster

Sinn Féin economy spokesperson, Conor Murphy MP, MLA has accused the SDLP of rank hypocrisy in expressing support for Francois Hollande in the French Presidential election while at the same time calling for a ‘Yes’ vote in the Austerity Referendum in the 26 Counties.

Conor Murphy said:

“SDLP International Secretary Claire Hanna has called on the 350 registered French voters in the North to back Francois Hollande, the French Socialist Party Candidate in the run-off election for the Presidency of France while her former Party Leader, Margaret Ritchie calls for a ‘Yes’ vote in the South’s referendum on the Austerity Treaty.

“When appearing before the Oireachtas Committee on the Austerity Treaty and asked to explain why her party is supporting the treaty which will impose an extra €6billion in austerity on the people in the 26 counties, Ms Ritchie could not give an explanation and completely failed to answer. When asked why her party is taking a different line to the mainstream social democrat movement across Europe with whom the SDLP are aligned as is Francois Hollande and who are opposing this Treaty she again had no answer.

“Perhaps her party’s International Secretary, Clare Hanna could explain this rank hypocrisy to the Irish people.

“Clare Hanna said, “We hope to see Francois Hollande defeat outgoing President Nicolas Sarkozy because the policies for economic growth which Hollande is advocating will benefit the Irish and UK economies.Sarkozy and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are centre-right ideological bedfellows and, while the SDLP is in favour of financial discipline, there must also be measures which promote economic growth. There is a better chance of growth policies from Hollande

“Will the SDLP now join with Sinn Féin and publicly call for a ‘No’ vote in the South’s referendum? Or will they persist in claiming to be Socialists in Europe while being cheerleaders for Sarkozy/Merkel right wing bedfellows Kenny/ Gilmore in the 26 counties?”

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