Fianna Fáil in no position to lecture economics to anyone – Senator David Cullinane
Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has described an attack by Fianna Fáil’s Niall Collins on his party’s economic policy as laughable and pathetic.
Responding to reports that some in Fianna Fáil would be open to a coalition with Sinn Féin Senator Cullinane said his party wants to lead an anti-austerity government while Fianna Fáil is clearly divided on the issue.
Senator Cullinane said;
“Sinn Féin’s position on coalition is very clear. We want to lead an anti-austerity government.
“Fianna Fáil are the architects of austerity in Ireland. Fine Gael and Labour are implementing Fianna Fáil’s austerity programme.
“Niall Collins’ attack on Sinn Féin’s economic policy this lunchtime is laughable and pathetic.
“It is Fianna Fáil’s policies that brought us both the economic crash and the current austerity programme which has seen increasing numbers of families losing their homes, one in five workers on poverty wages, 400,000 people emigrated, health services crumbling and children going to school hungry.
“For Fianna Fáil to attack anybody else’s economic policies is ludicrous given their track record.
“It is clear that Fianna Fáil are at sixes and sevens on this issue. On the one hand we are told that some TDs favour a coalition with Sinn Féin while, on the other, Niall Collins goes on an rant-like attack on my party.
“Sinn Féin is focused on fighting the next election on the issues facing the people rather than the hypothetical coalition options that face us after the election.
“We are very clear that we are for a fair recovery, that we will scrap water charges and the property tax and we are also clear that we will not compromise like the Labour Party did for the price of power.”