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National Economic Dialogue ‘chance to change how politics is run’ – Tóibín

17 July, 2015

Speaking after the conclusion of the National Economic Dialogue in Dublin Castle, Sinn Féin TD and Jobs Spokesperson Peadar Tóibín has urged the government not to treat the conference as an elaborate press conference and to grasp the chance to have real cross-party and civil society input into the Budget process. Sinn Féin’s proposals were formally submitted yesterday evening.

Deputy Tóibín said:

“This morning, I attended the closing session of the National Economic Dialogue. This two day event presents a golden opportunity to change how Irish governments approach the Budget. Give away Budgets in the run up to an election are ultimately destructive and can be a thing of the past if we take this chance to have cross-party and civil society input into the Budget process. This is just one of the many positives we will gain.

“The Department are accepting submissions from the groups who have taken part in the two-day event. Sinn Féin formally submitted our proposals last night. We need a major change to how politics is done. There are big decisions facing the Irish people and we need an honest discussion. Sinn Féin believes that a fair recovery is possible. We believe that an equal society is possible. We believe that cronyism and greed can be replaced with fairness and hope.

“In the past two weeks, Sinn Féin have launched our ‘Fair recovery’ document. It is designed to start a debate about the future, about what type of country and society we want to live in, about equality, and the type of recovery we want.

“It’s clear that the Berlin versus Boston debate has not gone away, but the truth is that you cannot have European public services on an American tax base. We need both a fiscally responsible and socially responsible budget, to ensure that we need transparency, equality and fairness. And this is why I plead with the government not to treat the National Economic Dialogue as not a mere photo opportunity, but a real chance to change how politics is run in this country.” 

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