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Budget was inevitable conclusion to FF-FG alliance - Martin Kenny TD

18 October, 2016 - by Martin Kenny TD


Speaking in the Dáil tonight, Sinn Fein agriculture spokesman, Martin Kenny TD, said that the budget did little to make life easier for working families and was a disappointment in its measures to deal with the housing crisis and the health service inadequacies.

Deputy Kenny said:

“The budget wasn’t so much a disappointment as an inevitable conclusion to alliance between the two right wing parties in this state, Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael.

“We could see it coming, but still, it was a sight to see Fianna Fáil trying to pretend it is not propping up Enda Kenny and producing its own budget alternative.

“There was a time when the Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil finance spokespeople used to talk about Sinn Féin costings not being up scrutiny. They have given up that talk now and recognise what the people of Ireland have known for the past five years, that when Pearse Doherty stands up in the Dáil chamber to speak to the budget, he is speaking for the people that Sinn Féin represents and he is making perfect sense.

“You can’t improve public services, provide houses, build adequate schools by cutting taxes for the rich. It is common sense that capital investment not only provides services, but creates jobs and puts money back in to the local economy.

“Fianna Fáil, with its little four-page excuse for a budget, with no figures at all in it, showed that party more or less gave up the pretence that it is an independent party and admitted that it is the prop for Fine Gael, the buttress to keep Enda Kenny in the Taoiseach’s seat, doing exactly what it told the voters in the last election that it would not do.”

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