Greek solidarity must prevail – Doherty
Sinn Féin TD and Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has reiterated Sinn Féin support for Syriza, highlighting the Irish government’s cowardice in siding with the powerful elites at the centre of Europe and in turning their backs to attaining debt relief for both Ireland and Greece.
Deputy Doherty said:
“Our government decided not to side with a Greek government that was elected on the promise of putting debt relief on central stage, who wanted not just debt relief for its own country, but a debate across Europe in relation to indebted nations.
“What the Irish government decided, to their shame, was to stand with the powerful and turn their backs on the Irish people. Enda Kenny must answer the Irish people as to why he has continually failed to put debt relief on the table at Eurogroup negotiations and why he failed to support the Greek government when they did so.
“Syriza have negotiated with their last breath in the Eurogroup and unfortunately European leaders and our own Government decided to side with the powerful instead of those that needed support and solidarity.
“Unfortunately our country has been badly served over the last number of years with governments who have been involved in roll-over politics, who have taken everything that has been dished out to them and not even demanded that debt relief be at the centre stage of these discussions.
“Syriza have secured certain terms on debt relief that we have never got. They managed to get a commitment that debt relief will be discussed for the first time at Eurogroup level along the €35 billion of investment programme to that country.
“Greece have no interest payments on portions of their EU debt for a period of ten years. We pay our interest every single year. They have already burned €110 billion bondholders yet we are not allowed to do such a thing.
“This is however a very difficult deal, and a better deal could have been possible if governments such as our own stood up for those who deserved solidarity, who deserved support instead of allying themselves with the most powerful in Europe.
“We stand with those who stand against austerity, who want a just and economically viable solution for countries such as Greece and Ireland that are indebted, and all those that will stand up against the elites in Europe.”