Sinn Féin - On Your Side

Fine Gael making economic decisions from Ivory Towers while ordinary people continue to struggle - Pearse Doherty TD

19 June, 2018 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Responding to the publication today of the government’s Summer Economic Statement, which fails to invest some €1.4billion available under the fiscal rules, Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has accused the government making economic decisions from Ivory Towers while more than 10,000 people are homeless and people struggle to access basic public services.

Teachta Doherty said the statement from the government, while predictable, will have disastrous consequences for ordinary people and fails to recognise the impact of ‘a lost decade of investment’ which has led a crisis across our public services including in health and housing.

Deputy Doherty said;

“By choosing not to invest €1.4 billion available under the fiscal rules, the government has deliberately chosen once again not to address the social crises which has been created in this country as a result of a lost decade of investment under this and the previous Fianna Fáil led government.

“Along with the crises in health and housing, we have the highest childcare costs in Europe, our third level institutions are falling down the international rankings, basic telecommunications are a pipe-dream for many people in Rural Ireland and we have a cost of living crisis that sees many people struggling and in fear of any type of extra financial burdens such as a car break-down.

“In the face of all this we now have a government that has decided not to invest a sum of €1.4 billion that is available to it under the fiscal rules to help meet these challenges.

“Fine Gael is blinded by failed economic dogma. It has failed to provide stability for ordinary people. It has failed the people of Ireland for three budgets in a row, after a decade lost to the same dogma.

“The choices made today will deepen the social crises and will leave our country more exposed the consequences of under investment.

“For three consecutive budgets now the hundreds of thousands of Irish citizens lying on trollies, on waiting lists, or in emergency accommodation will hear the same message from Minister Donohoe and the Fine Gael party.

“It is a message that attempts to normalise the social crises we are facing and tells ordinary people to wait their turn.”

Connect with Sinn Féin