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Burton’s comments on failed EU policies “hard to swallow” – Carthy

15 January, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Commenting on remarks made by Tanáiste Joan Burton during her address to ambassadors in Dublin Castle at the conclusion of the Global Island Conference last night, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency Matt Carthy has stated that the remarks clearly demonstrate that the Government’s approach to Europe has been a failure.

Carthy said:

“The assertion made by the Labour Leader at last night’s conference that “if the EU had adopted a policy approach from the outset of the crisis that prioritised jobs, investment and growth, it would, I believe, be in a much better place” will, for many people across Ireland, be very difficult to swallow.

“Sinn Féin has consistently argued for an economic approach which prioritised job creation, investment and growth in response to the Banking crisis as opposed to the imposition of austerity policies, while the established parties of Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour repeatedly dismissed our approach.

“While I, for one, welcome this belated lightbulb moment from the Tanáiste in respect of European policy, it is of little comfort to the vast majority of Irish people who have been saddled with 42% of the cost of the European Banking Crisis while Labour stood idly by and failed to make even the most feeble of attempts to stand up for the Irish people. It was clearly Frankfurt’s way not Labour’s way.

“I am sure that it is also no coincidence that this sudden insight into the European Economic Policy comes as Government leaders embark on a coordinated PR offensive in advance of the next General Election in an attempt to hoodwink the people and erase the memories of an incompetent Government, which has lurched from one disaster to another.

“Does Joan Burton really think the Irish people are so easily fooled? For many across Ireland, her remarks last night simply add insult to injury and will remind them of Labour’s many failings in Government.”

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