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Doherty responds to ‘inaccurate and electorally motivated’ attacks

20 November, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has said he will not take economic lectures from the candidates of Fine Gael and Labour who are both part the ‘consensus for cuts’ and who have supported Fianna Fáil’s economic policies which led to the current economic crisis.

Senator Doherty said he is proud to put forward the only credible alternative to Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour’s disastrous policies.

Speaking today after both Fine Gael and Labour’s candidates launched inaccurate and electorally motivated attacks on his party’s economic policies Senator Doherty said:

“Fine Gael’s candidate Barry O’Neill has a brass neck to claim that Sinn Féin policies would lead to job losses while Fine Gael promises to sack 30,000 public sector workers if it gets into Government.

“Sinn Féin is the only party to produce credible and detailed job creation proposals and a coherent plan to stimulate the economy and create jobs.

“Despite the latest attempt by Barry O’Neill to misrepresent Sinn Féin’s position, as recently as yesterday our party leader Gerry Adams reiterated that Sinn Féin is not in favour of raising corporation tax.

“Regardless of the spin from the Labour candidate, Sinn Féin actually voted against the bank guarantee and has continued to vote against its extension every time it has come up in the Dáil.

“Both Labour and Fine Gael have joined Fianna Fáil in a consensus for cuts which will further contract the economy and lead to more job losses.

“These parties are clearly getting desperate in this election campaign but misleading voters is unacceptable in my opinion.

“Sinn Féin will not take economic lectures from these parties particularly given their position on cuts and their support for the Lisbon Treaty.

“They continue to support the Government’s unrealistic policy of cutting the budget to 3% by 2014 just as they supported the Government in the Lisbon Treaty referendum when Sinn Féin said the EU would go after our corporation tax.

“I am proud to put forward the only credible alternative to the slash and burn approach which all the other parties have signed up to and which have led us to our current position where the IMF is negotiating an end to this state’s economic sovereignty.” ENDS

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