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People will see through Joan Burton’s attack on Sinn Féin - Mary Lou McDonald TD

15 September, 2014 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has said that Tánaiste Joan Burton’s attack on Sinn Féin is an attempt to gloss over the Labour Party’s failure, in government, to deliver for ordinary people. Deputy McDonald stated that, contrary to Minister Burton’s claims, Sinn Féin has been to the fore in proposing strategies for getting people back to work as part of a fair economic recovery.

Deputy McDonald said:

 “I am a confident that those people who have suffered under the Labour Party in government will see through Joan Burton’s attack on Sinn Féin. I think the Tánaiste’s comments were clearly designed to deflect from her party's failure to deliver since entering coalition in 2011. I would assert that it is fairly disingenuous of the leader of the Labour Party to say that Sinn Féin wants to see a ‘welfare economy’ when we have time and again presented strategies and ideas for getting our people back to work.

“A key difference between Sinn Féin and the Labour Party is that we want to see a fair economic recovery in which people are employed in decent jobs with decent wages. The Labour Party prefers to see a race to the bottom.

“In her time as Minister for social protection, the Tánaiste herself has been responsible for some of the cruellest cuts we have seen. Furthermore, unlike Joan Burton and the Labour Party, Sinn Féin does not believe in scapegoating people, who rely on welfare, for the poor economic decisions made by government.

“Joan Burton, as leader of the Labour Party, will face her first real test with the forthcoming budget. It would be unacceptable for this government to heap even more hardship onto ordinary people in the form of yet another austerity budget.”

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