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Colreavy criticises government on Civil Debt Bill

3 July, 2015 - by Michael Colreavy TD

Deputy Michael Colreavy, Sinn Féin TD for Sligo/North Leitrim, has criticised the government for introducing a bill enabling Irish Water to take money from the public via the courts.

Speaking on the issue, Deputy Colreavy said:

“This government are determined to draw blood from the stone that is Irish people. Since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008, the previous government, and continued by the current government, adopted a policy of targeting those worst off in Irish society as a means of alleviating the national debt.

“They would rather introduce policies that attack those on the bottom rung of society rather than tax the elites, those who make up the membership of their parties and contribute to their party coffers.

“As a result, the government have adopted a policy of enforced poverty.

“This is poverty directly related to the policies of the state.

“The government have introduced a series of measures during its term in office that directly impacts on the living standards of ordinary people.

“The Labour Party should most of all look at is conscience and consider what it is doing.

“This is the party that claims it heritage from James Connolly and that sees itself as being born out of the 1913 strike and lockout.

“This is the party of Tom Johnson, the author of the Democratic Programme of the First Dáil.

“Every single one of the Fine Gael and Labour’s budgets has been to hit lower income families hardest.

“According to the ESRI, Budget 2012 took three and a half times more from the bottom 40% of households than it did from the top 30%.

“This bill shows the Labour Party for what they are.” 

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