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Cullinane slams Donohoe’s rejection of public sector pay equalisation

30 May, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform, today criticised Minister Donohoe for his rejection of pay equalisation in the public sector and his ideological commitment to right-wing cuts in public services.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Minister Donohoe says that Fine Gael will continue to cut funding for public services because there is no money, but he also says that Fine Gael will continue to cut taxes because the economy is booming.

“Which one is it? There is a contradiction here. It exists because Minister Donohoe and Fine Gael are committed at an ideological level to cutting public services regardless of the social and economic costs.

“Minister Donohoe believes in cutting the social net. He wants to do this, no matter how weak the footing on which his arguments stand.

“Paschal Donohoe, along with Simon Harris, Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar, represent the steel Tory edge behind the soft media smiles in Fine Gael today.

“They want to cut public services and outsource the rest as juicy public contracts for private operators. No wonder Fianna Fáil support them.

“Yet, cuts to our public services put more pressure on wages as they increase the cost of health, education, transport and housing.  Minister Donohoe talks of making work pay, but that is achieved by properly funding public services and thereby lessening the pressure on ordinary working families.

“Sinn Féin is committed to the protection of our public services. We are committed to addressing pay equalisation in our public sector. We are committed to improving the work conditions of our nurses, teachers and Gardaí because we know that a society without public services is not fit to call itself one.”

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