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Labour ‘more a lapdog rather than a watchdog’ – McDonald

30 January, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has reminded the Labour Party of the great hurt they have inflicted on the country by betraying their election promises. Deputy McDonald asked how the electorate could trust the Labour Party, when their word does not account for anything.

The Dublin Central TD said:

“Five years ago, the Labour Party made a litany of promises in order to get into government.  It promised to protect low and middle-income families from Fine Gael.

“The last five years have shown the Labour Party to be a lapdog rather than a watchdog in government. Their record reflects that Labour’s way was Fine Gael’s way. They buckled and betrayed every commitment made to those who trusted them.

“The Tánaiste and her party said they would oppose domestic water charges. They broke their word. They said they would protect child benefit. They broke their word. They said they would not cut social welfare, but then cut rates ad made payments harder to get.

“Labour in government voted through five deeply unfair budgets that hit working families hardest. That is the Tánaiste's track record; that is Labour’s legacy. 

“The recovery has not visited the vast majority of communities and families throughout the country, and she remains blind and indifferent to that.

“Who now believes the Tánaiste and her Labour colleagues as once again they promise to protect working families and the vulnerable? Her party’s word means nothing. Labour have shown themselves to be an opportunistic party, hungry for political survival and power at any cost.” 

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