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Absurd for Howlin to say we are running out of money: McDonald

17 April, 2013 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking during Leaders’ Questions today in the Dáil, Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD raised the unions’ rejection of the Croke Park II proposals.

She said: “Taoiseach, yesterday public sector unions dealt a body blow to Fine Gael and Labour’s austerity agenda when an overwhelming majority of unions said no to Croke Park II.

“They did so because it was an unfair deal – bad for public sector workers and their families, bad for the public services on which we all depend  and bad for the domestic economy.

She continued: “The idea that you could take €1 billion out of the public service and not hurt the schools that educate our children or the hospitals that care for our sick family members was always absurd.

“Equally absurd is Minister Howlin’s claim that he is going to run out of money before the end of the year. Anyone with the wit to read the NTMAs exchequer balance figures knows that this is simply not true.

“Tackling excessive pay at the top of the public sector, getting a real deal on generic introducing a third rate of tax on incomes and collecting a wealth tax are options for the minister.

“These alternatives would raise the revenue the government needs in a way that is fair and that would help our economic recovery.” ends

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