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Taoiseach implies that debt deal was never negotiated – Carthy

20 February, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy has said that Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s comment last night on Prime Time strongly indicates that a debt deal was never negotiated by the current Government.

 Enda Kenny was asked by Prime Time’s Miriam O Callaghan whether he had sought a write-down of Ireland’s banking debt, to which Enda Kenny responded inconclusively, admitting that such a deal cannot be made unless one is able to negotiate.

Carthy said:

“It’s obvious that the Taoiseach has never asked for a write-down of the unsustainable debt which was foisted upon the people of this state. There is little on record to support any assertion otherwise. Enda Kenny was pointedly asked last night whether he asked for a debt reduction. He did not answer this question."

“The comments made this week by Ashoka Mody, former IMF mission chief show that Fine Gael and Labour squandered their chance to actually make a change. Mr Mody said that Ireland should have gotten a better deal in 2011 and that we simply took the lead from Berlin, capitulating to Brussels and the German Government.”

“It is plain to see from his comments, as well as those of Enda Kenny that we threw away an opportunity to strike a better deal. The government simply did not have the will to negotiate, despite it being in their power to make a substantive reduction to the crippling debt that hangs over Irish citizens today.”

“It is not too late for the government to show some mettle and actively support Greek efforts to move away from an EU driven austerity regime. As the Eurogroup have begun a series of meetings this week, we live in hope that the Irish government might actually consider the use of negotiation and secure a better deal for those who unfairly share the burden of debt.”

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