Tánaiste blind to the harsh realities facing Irish families – Ní Riada
Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South Liadh Ní Riada has criticised Tánaiste Joan Burton ahead of a European Commission sponsored event in Cork today saying that the basis of the event, that Ireland has ‘successfully exited the Troika bailout programme’ is blind to the reality that has left thousands of Irish families with their backs to the wall.
Liadh Ní Riada said:
“That Joan Burton would come down to Cork to sing the praises of the Troika and the ruinous anguish they have exposed so many Irish families to is sadly not surprising. This government has consistently shown itself to feel it is above the concerns of ordinary people and that their way is the only way. A Labour senator described their position aptly when she spoke of her fears that water protests would only create uncertainty with foreign investors, the uncertainty facing families seems absent from their concerns.”
“And this comes the week that their own Fiscal Advisory Council told them that their budget was a missed opportunity ‘to very decisively move the budgetary situation into a zone of safety’, accusing them of a giveaway budget to try and salvage some lost popularity. This is a tactic that Fianna Fáil governments were infamous for over the decades and demonstrates the dire need for change to the cosy consensus of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil. It will take more than tax sops that only affect the higher paid to drag this government back from the brink and they have demonstrated a lack of willing to do anymore.”