A recovery must be felt by the ordinary people of Waterford - Senator David Cullinane
Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has said that any recovery, if it is to be deemed fair, must be felt by the ordinary people of Waterford and not just the wealthy.
Senator Cullinane made the comments tonight, as he spoke alongside Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD, at a public meeting in the Tower Hotel in Waterford City.
The Sinn Féin General election candidate said;
"The recovery envisaged by the current government is one which continues the work of the austerity agenda and that is to ring-fence the wealth of those at the top end of society to the detriment of everybody else.
"How can a recovery be fair if Waterford has a higher unemployment rate than the national average? This government cannot talk of building an equal society if Waterford children living with disabilities are not getting the services that they need. We also see thousands of people left on housing waiting lists while the homelessness crisis continues to grow. And we have over 7,000 patients in Waterford who are waiting more than twelve months to see a consultant.
Does this sound like the type of recovery of which a government should be proud?
"We are being spun quite the yarn by this Fine Gael and Labour Party government. It is the same tired fairytale that has been rammed down the throats of ordinary Waterford people for generations. They want us to believe that the rising tide will lift all boats and that somehow, as it by magic, our vital public services will be restored and improved by making the rich even wealthier.
"They want to us to accept the notion that the lives of ordinary people and our well-being of our communities will be vastly improved if we just wait for the wealth to trickle down from on high.
"We would be a long time waiting. We know that truth all too well.
"Sinn Féin has a fundamentally different vision. It is a vision of a genuinely fair recovery in which ordinary people are the beneficiaries and our most vulnerable citizens are protected. We want to see people being able to access healthcare on the basis of need alone. This party wants to develop an economy that benefits society, not the other way around. That includes ending the marginalisation our rural Ireland and the stopping the decimation of public services in our towns and villages We are absolutely opposed to austerity taxes such as water charges and the local property tax and we will abolish them if we receive a mandate for government.
"The next general election is all about fairness versus inequality. The recovery, if it is to be of real value, must be felt by the ordinary people of Waterford. Get behind Sinn Féin if you believe that a society and government built on the principle of social solidarity is the best way forward for our country."