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Ó Caoláin calls for massive support for ICTU Rallies

5 November, 2009 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Sinn Féin Dáil Leader Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called on members of the public to support tomorrow’s rallies in support of a fairer way out of recession. Deputy Ó Caoláin today also launched a special edition of An Phoblacht to coincide with the rallies.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Sinn Féin will be mobilising for the marches on the 6th November. The party is encouraging members and supporters to come out in large and visible numbers for these demonstrations, joining in solidarity with fellow trade unionists, workers in the public, private and community sector and the general public.

“We have produced this week a special edition of An Phoblacht which deals very specifically with the economy and the public sector.

“I am also today calling on members of the public from all walks of life and every sector of the workforce to come out in their thousands in support of a fairer way.

“The fact is that there is an alternative to the Government’s policy of targeting the weaker and less well off sections of society to pay the lion’s share of the €4billion gap in the public finances. It is about ensuring that those who can afford to pay more do pay more.

“Sinn Féin is finalising a pre-budget submission that argues for a better and fairer alternative. The submission will show how the revenue required can be raised without targeting the least well off or cutting public services.

“The Day of Action organized by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions is important because if offers a focal point for all those who are opposed to the policies of the current government and who believe that an alternative is possible to what is being offered by the likes of Fine Gael.

“It is about asserting the voices of those who reject the proposition that the economic crisis will be resolved by targeting low and middle income earners and cutting essential public services. It is about laying down a marker in advance of what is expected to be a savage budget.” ENDS

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