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Jack O’Connor once again stands on the wrong side of election battle line - Cullinane

12 November, 2015 - by David Cullinane TD


Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has said the comments by SIPTU President Jack O’Connor today amount to a call for the re-election of Fine Gael.

Senator Cullinane said it is very disappointing that the leader of the largest Trade Union in the country would seek the re-election of a conservative, pro-austerity government.

Speaking today, Senator Cullinane said;

“Jack O’Connor is clearly drawing the battle lines for the general election but unfortunately he is standing on the wrong side of the line.

“At a time when progressive forces are aligning under the banner of Right2Change to give voters a real alternative to the conservative parties, it is extremely disappointing that the leader of the largest Trade Union in the country would seek the re-election of a conservative, pro-austerity party.

“The problem for Jack, and for the Labour Party, is that we have been here before.  At the last election, Labour promised to blunt the edge of the Fine Gael knife, but they broke that promise and it is the people who are paying for that betrayal.

“To go to the workers once again and to ask them to support another Fine Gael/Labour Government is not good enough from the leader of SIPTU.

“Sinn Féin wants to lead an alternative government, an anti-austerity government that can deliver a fair recovery in line with the Right2Change principles.

“That is what we will work for, but unfortunately Jack O’Connor has once again called for a vote for Labour when it is clear that a vote for Labour is a vote for Fine Gael.” 

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