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Micheál Martin is "a joint architect of Fine Gael's profound failures" - Mary Lou McDonald TD

30 March, 2018 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking at the Arbour Hill Easter Commemoration, Sinn Féin Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has described Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin as "a joint architect of Fine Gael's profound failures in government".

Deputy McDonald said:

"The Leader of Fianna Fáil put Fine Gael back into power after the General Election. He helped design a Fine Gael programme for government.

"He has now has kept Fine Gael in power for nearly two years agreeing two budgets that have served only to deepen the crises in housing and health.

"Yet he publicly criticises the government for the policies which he himself has shaped and agreed.

"He has continued his support for Leo Varadkar's failing government despite the fact that the economic recovery under Fine Gael has been unfair to such an extent that even those in employment cannot be guaranteed a life free from poverty.

"He has designed, enabled and supported the normalisation of homelessness, the hollowing-out of our health service and the growth of the low-wage economy.

"This is Micheál Martin's 'Ireland for all'. Nobody is fooled by the Fianna Fáil Leader's rhetoric."

Speaking about the twentieth anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, Ms McDonald called on all those who value its importance to come to it's defence.

"There are those in the Tory party, and within Unionism who believe that the Good Friday Agreement has ran its course.

"That it should be binned to make way for their Brexit. They are wrong.

"The Good Friday Agreement belongs to the people of Ireland, North and South. It is an international agreement between to governments. 

"It is not in the gift of Tory grandees or little Englanders or Rejectionist Unionists to discard the agreement. 

"Let those who negotiated the agreement, voted for the agreement and all those who hold the agreement dear, find their voice. 

"We need to hear from the governments, from political parties and from all who value the peace process that the agreement must be safeguarded. 

"Now, more than ever, we need to see the promise of the agreement implemented. It is all about equality, respect and rights."


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