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Sinn Féin is the only party that can provide an alternative to austerity - Liadh Ní Riada MEP

30 September, 2015 - by Liadh Ní Riada MEP


Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has stated that the policies of austerity and exploitation need to be left behind.

Speaking as chair of the “Stand Up/Fight Back: Alternatives to Austerity” as part of the GUE NGL Autumn conference hosted by Sinn Féin in Carrickmacross, Ms Ní Riada said,

“The government have through the bailout transferred tens of billions of euro from the average citizen into the hands of the uber wealthy asset class.

“This is not an accident – it is a direct and purposeful output of government policy.

“All economic growth is welcome but it’s of the utmost importance that growth be real and sustainable, that it’s built on solid foundations.

“A healthy economy is underpinned by a functioning healthcare system. It’s fuelled by properly paid workers who can source affordable childcare.

“We need a public banking sector that will ensure entrepreneurs of all types can invest and grow. We need an end to upward only rents which push see vulture funds kill small businesses. And we need to be treated fairly by Europe.

“Hundreds of people across this island are looking for an alternative to the austerity that has been forced upon us by the failing government – Sinn Féin has the knowledge, the expertise and the commitment to provide that.”

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