Government punishing householders while failing to take on Banks - Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has contrasted the Government’s punitive attitude to struggling householders with its compliant attitude to the banks.
Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy Adams asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny if it was fair for families to be threatened with having Water Charges deducted from their income, while the Government refused to ensure banks passed on the benefits of lower interest rates to the same families.
Gerry Adams said:
“An aversion to equality has been a consistent feature of the Fine Gael/Labour Government. It stands with the elites and against citizens.”
“Contrast their attitude to struggling householders with their attitude to the banks who were so central to the destruction of our economy.”
“Today Irish Water begins the process of issuing bills for the Government’s Water Tax – a tax widely rejected by citizens who have demonstrated in huge numbers on the streets against Water Charges and against Irish Water.”
“In a further example of the dysfunction and injustice which have marked the Government’s approach on this issue, Water Charge bills will be issued to households which are not customers of Irish Water. Bills will also be issued to households which have undrinkable water.”
“The Government has taken no action against the banks who have refused to pass on the benefits of the lower interest rate set by the European Central Bank. It has have given them a veto. It has been almost three years since the Economic Management Council even met representatives of the Banks.”
“It is as if the Government didn’t know that the State actually owns some of these banks. It’s as if they are spectators.”
“The Taoiseach spoofs about the great sacrifices that have been borne by the people, as if it was nothing to do with him, but it is a direct result of his policies.”
“It is simply not fair or just or equitable for a family to be threatened with having Water Charges taken from their wages, social welfare payments or pensions, while at the same time the Government refuses to ensure the banks pass on the benefits of lower interest rates to the same household.”