Sinn Féin activists out in force for anti-austerity rally
Sinn Féin respresentatives and activists were out in force to support ICTU’s anti-austerity rally today in Dublin.
Speaking after the event party spokesperson on social protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh said:
“We in Sinn Féin are proud to have supported ICTU’s ‘lift the burden’ rally today in Dublin.
“This week the government had an historic opportunity to secure a real reduction in the cost of the toxic banking debt foisted on the people by Fianna Fáil. Not only have Fine Gael and Labour wasted that opportunity, they have increased the cost of that burden for decades to come.
“The so-called deal will mean nothing to the families who are struggling to make ends meet. It will mean nothing to the mother who cannot put food on the table, to the father losing all hope of finding work, the family who have to wave goodbye to their loved ones at Dublin airport.
“The government is still pressing ahead with plans for water charges and a property tax – measures which will place even more of a burden on hard-pressed families.
“These issues and more made today’s rally all the more important.
“I hope that this will be the start of many popular demonstrations against the government’s reckless mismanagement of the economy.
“The message today was ‘lift the burden’ – I am calling on the government to listen to that message and realise that citizens cannot take anymore. We need a change of direction; we need a better fairer way.”