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Micheál Martin’s support of Tory cuts makes mockery of purported alignment with Left - Tóibín

16 December, 2014

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín has described Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin’s selective amnesia on his central role in introducing water charges and handing over €64 billion of taxpayers’ money to bail out bad banks as breath-taking. 

The Meath West TD said:

“Michael Martin may wish to implement the British Tory welfare cuts in the north, but thankfully his party has no role in the Executive. Unlike Fianna Fáil, Sinn Féin will not support policies that will disadvantage the most vulnerable in our society and it is Sinn Féin that has blocked the introduction of water charging in the North.  

“Domestic water charges were conceived by the previous Fianna Fáil government and were agreed with the EU/IMF/ECB when Micheál Martin and his cabinet colleagues signed up to this unjust tax as part of the 2010 Troika bailout.

“Cynical doesn’t even begin to describe Micheál Martin’s brand of politics and his attempt this morning to align himself with the left, while supporting British Tory policy is truly breath-taking. 

“The truth is if Fianna Fáil were in government today there would be little or no difference in the decisions made by Enda Kenny or Micheál Martin. 

“In late 2010 Micheál Martin along with his cabinet colleagues introduced a scheme for the metering and charging for domestic water. This was just one of many regressive new and increased charges and cuts to services imposed by Micheál Martin in government, and delivered by Fine Gael and Labour.

“Support for the established parties is waning because all three of them have abjectly failed the people by pursuing the very same policies, and Micheál Martin has played a central role in Fianna Fáil perusal of right wing, socially unjust, and economically flawed policies.” 

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