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Just economy, dynamic public services and a real enterprise culture key Sinn Féin aims

14 January, 2006

Speaking this morning, at the opening of a Sinn Féin party conference on an all-Ireland  enterprise  and  job  creation  discussion  document,  General Secretary  of  the party Mitchell McLaughlin said, Sinn Féin’s “priority is to  build  a  just  economy,  dynamic public services and a real enterprise culture that can deliver high skilled and high paid jobs.”

Mr.  McLaughlin said, “The document before you today introduces Sinn Féin’s vision  of  the  economics  of  a United Ireland of Equals. Central to this vision is a clear understanding of the kind of economy we want – that is, a strong  economy  based  on equality and social justice. We are committed to rights-based  governance  and a rights-based economic policy.  Our priority is  to  build a just economy, dynamic public services and a real enterprise culture  that  can deliver high skilled and high paid jobs. We want to work with others to bring about the realisation of this vision.

“Sinn  Féin  wants  to  build  a  strong,  stable all-Ireland economy where everyone  can  have  a dignified and productive working life, a fair income and  a  good  quality  of  life  – an economy characterised by the positive redistribution of resources to eradicate poverty and social exclusion.

Speaking at the conference Sinn Féin Enterprise and Employment spokesperson Arthur  Morgan  TD  said,  “We  reject many mainstream market orthodoxies, including  ‘trickle  down’  theory,  the  theory  of supply and demand, the correlation  of low taxation and low wages with competitiveness, the belief that  inward  investment  is  the  panacea  for  economic problems, and the oversimplified equation of growth with well-being and social progress. 

“We  argue  GDP  and  GNP  alone  are not reliable indicators of social and economic  advancement  and that alternative indicators should be used, that the fairer distribution of wealth and income is a far more effective way of dealing  with poverty than the present dependence on economic growth alone, that  equality  pays  for itself in the long-term but it costs up front and that  a  stable, strong economy and society requires balance between growth and socio-economic rights.” 

“In-line  with  Sinn  Féin’s rights-based approach and our reference to the Nordic model for economic success, we argue that a well-developed system of rights  to  further  one’s education, including training and retraining, is the key to future competitiveness and reaching our goal of full employment. Such education and training should not be confined to re-skilling redundant workers  but  should support a comprehensive strategy for lifelong learning and  skills  development  to  enable  all  workers  to  achieve  their full potential.” ENDS

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