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Noonan downplays government weakness in Europe – Ní Riada

13 January, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for Ireland South and member of the Budgetary Committee of the European Parliament Liadh Ní Riada has criticised Minister Michael Noonan for downplaying previous statements from the government that mislead the Irish people into believing that Ireland was to be granted special treatment in our EU bailout.

Ní Riada said:

“Minister Noonan has resorted to the now standard, desperate government spin to try and downplay the governments disastrous claims at the time of the bailout that Ireland was a special case and that the Irish people had nothing to be concerned about. The harsh truth is that the Irish people were misled and the government is left in the wind, continuing to bark promises that things will be better and that there is no alternative to their ‘growth and stability’.”

“The Minister himself says that his economic plans are subject to “economic and trading conditions continu(ing) to improve over the next decade or so”. This optimistic approach does little to assuage the anguish imposed on ordinary families by years of austerity governance and heartless cuts to services and supports. It is little more than surrender to Fine Gael and Labour’s European masters and demonstrates that nothing has changed though the government still attests that the worst is behind us. Ireland cannot bear the brunt of this laissez-faire attitude.” 

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