Phil Hogan’s legacy to the people of Ireland is the shambolic Irish Water – Ó Clochartaigh
Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh has said, while he agrees with Phil Hogan’s assertion that Ireland has benefited from EU membership, he does not agree there is now a sense ‘of hope and renewal’ across the EU. Senator Ó Clochartaigh was speaking after Mr. Hogan appeared before the Seanad this afternoon.
Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:
“Throughout the EU, there are still very high levels of unemployment, and particularly youth unemployment.
“Key public services have had their funding slashed.
“We have seen the stripping away of workers’ rights and the embedding of a ruthless neoliberal economic policy and a dramatic restructuring of the labour market.
“Economic recovery that does not factor in the rights, wellbeing and entitlements of ordinary people benefits only the EU ruling class and their counterparts in the world of high finance and big business.
“The European Union was supposed to broaden democracy and bed-down progressive social and economic rights for workers, women, children, the disabled, and all others.
“Unfortunately as a result of the austerity policies imposed by the ECB and IMF and willingly implemented by the Fine Gael/ Labour government, communities across Ireland are struggling to survive.
“Mr Hogan’s legacy to the people of Ireland is water charges and the shambolic Irish Water.
“Ordinary people do not feel the sense of hope and renewal that his former colleagues in government hark on about.
“Rural Ireland is in a serious state of economic crisis, with the ongoing underdevelopment of infrastructure and the depletion of services such as Garda stations, post offices, hospitals, banks and many others.
“What we need is a fair and equitable recovery that prioritises regional equality and is underpinned by a commitment to maintaining rural livelihoods.”