Toxic relationship between big business and political establishment - Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams has said there is still a toxic relationship between big business and establishment political parties of a Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.
He was speaking after a week of controversy surrounding IBRC's sale of Siteserv and in advance of the Government's Spring Economic Statement this week.
Teachta Adams said:
“This week the Fine Gael/Labour Government will announce its Spring Economic Statement.
“This is a requirement of the ongoing EU surveillance of this State's economy.
"Once again, it is all about the Fine Gael/Labour Government seeking to demonstrate that it is the best austerity pupil in the EU class.
"It is evidence of the continued domination of Troika policies here.
"However, the Government has sought to turn a necessity into a virtue and will use the Spring statement as the opening shot in its campaign for re-election.
"Working straight from the
Fianna Fáil handbook, it will actively seeking to buy the next election with
tax cuts for the better off, but citizens will not be fooled that easily.
"Fine Gael and Labour claim that a recovery is underway. If there is, it’s an unequal and unfair, two tier recovery.
"Sinn Féin wants to deliver a fair recovery, where the those who played no part in the economic disaster and who are least able to pay, are given a break.
"Sinn Féin believes that the economy should serve the people – not the other way around.
"This means fair and progressive taxation and stable public finances where everyone pays their share and where wealth is used to fund public services for all.
"It also means the abolition of Water Charges and the Family Home Tax.
"The past week has witnessed further evidence of the toxic relationship between big business and the political establishment.
"This is having a corrosive effect on politics and the faith of citizens in the political system.
"Unless the Spring statement signals a radical change of political direction, it will be a waste of Dáil time for the purpose of political propaganda by the Government.”