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Fianna Fáil happy to take pay increase for TDs while remaining quiet on the demands of teachers and Gardaí – David Cullinane TD

2 November, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin spokesperson for public expenditure and reform, has criticised Fianna Fail’s continued defence of pay rises for TDs above teachers and gardaí, saying that pay equality has to be about more than just words and good intentions.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Fianna Fáil has been quiet on the industrial unrest within the public sector. That is no real surprise as they were the party that created the mess of a two-tier pay system in the first place.

“Their confidence and supply agreement with Fine Gael is not about achieving fairness but about maintaining the status quo, even if this means an unprecedented strike by Gardaí.

“Fianna Fáil are quite happy to take their pay rise and to sit on their hands when it comes to low-paid teachers, gardaí and nurses.

“During their time in government they unleashed a sustained attack upon ordinary working families and upon essential public services such as education, health, justice and housing.

“Today, they are more willing to prop up Lansdowne Road instead of seeing past it as Sinn Féin has done and address the core issues of pay equality and pay restoration.

“It is clear that Fianna Fail’s purpose is to keep things as they are.

“It is not interested in changing the direction of this state, even when it is clear that change is needed.”

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