Kenny kow-tows to Brussels and ordinary people pay the price – Adams
Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has accused the Irish Government of kow-towing to a right-wing ideology and of being shamefully uncritical and subservient to Brussels.
Teachta Adams said it did not suit EU leaders, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny, to have a Government in Greece which puts forward alternatives to the Austerity policies that have increased inequality in many EU states, including in Ireland.
He said forced emigration, inequality, child poverty, a low wage economy, lack of social housing, and a lack of hospital beds is the price the Government is forcing Irish people to pay, and expects the people of Greece to pay, because Fine Gael and Labour kow-tow to a right-wing ideology and are shamefully uncritical and subservient to Brussels.
Speaking directly to Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil today, Teachta Adams said:
“Taoiseach, do you accept the debt crisis in Greece is about EU elites trying to force the Government of Greece into accepting an outcome that contravenes its electoral mandate? Just like you did; you tore up your mandate, reneged on your election promises and undermined the right of people to assert democratic control over decisions which affect our lives.
“That is the big question facing all citizens of the European Union today, including Irish citizens. Do citizens have the right to assert democratic control over decisions which affect our lives? You obviously do not believe this. That is at the heart of the crisis in Greece. It is also a huge issue here.
“That is why it does not suit you to have a Government in Greece which puts forward alternatives to the Austerity policies that have increased inequality in many EU states, including here. Your Water Charges – a Fianna Fáil idea - are part of this. So is forced emigration, inequality, child poverty, a low wage economy, the lack of social housing, the rundown of public services.
“Minister Varadkar now admits that the Health Service needs another €1 billion euros just to meet existing demands. Will you supply this? Of course not, but you will impose the repayment of €181 billion in debt, created by the greed of the elites, on Irish people for generations to come.
“Minister Kathleen Lynch now admits that there are simply not enough hospital beds to cater for citizens who are ill.
“Will you accept that this is the price that you force our people to pay, and expect the people of Greece to pay, because you kow-tow to a right-wing ideology and because you are shamefully uncritical and subservient to Brussels?
“Taoiseach, the decades of corruption and economic mismanagement in Greece is the disastrous legacy of successive governments with which your Government is closely associated.
“The Government which Greek citizens rejected at the last general election was led by New Democracy, a sister party of Fine Gael in the EU parliament. The other major component of that coalition government was Pasok, the party which implemented the original Greek bailout and which is a sister party of the Irish Labour Party.
“So, the two Government parties in this state are inextricably linked to those parties which were in power in a Greece when the problems in its economy were created, as a result of corruption and a lack of regulation. Doesn’t that sound familiar?
“Did Fine Gael or Labour ever speak to their Greek counterparts about their pursuit of disastrous policies which crashed the Greek economy? And if not, doesn't your current posturing in relation to a new Greek Government which has already started to implement a programme of genuine and widespread reform of the Greek economy amount to rank hypocrisy?”