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Deasy attempts to scapegoat trade unions for government failures – Cullinane

13 June, 2012

Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has described attempts by Deputy John Deasy to scapegoat trade unions and workers for the failures of his Government as “despicable.”

Senator Cullinane was reacting to comments Deputy Deasy made in the Dáil where he said that one of the reasons Waterford was underperforming was because of the attitude and actions of trade unions.

Responding in the Seanad Senator Cullinane said:

“It is despicable that Deputy Deasy would attempt to scapegoat trade unions for the government’s failures. The reality is that the southeast and Waterford are being poorly served by Deputy Deasy and the government. The current unemployment rate for the region stands at 19.5%, 5% above the national average.

“The enterprise agencies are clearly not delivering for the southeast as a region and Waterford City as the gateway. The Government has not delivered the university the region so desperately needs. Many enterprises are struggling and closing because they are being starved of credit and are strangled by the cost of doing business. Many retailers are closing because of government austerity policies. Deputy Deasy needs to do his job and deliver for the region and not engage in spurious and diversionary tactics aimed at deflecting from his government’s failings.”

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