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Taoiseach’s address was a softening up exercise – McDonald

5 December, 2011 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD has described last night’s address by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny as a softening up exercise in advance of this week’s budget. Deputy McDonald said the government is preparing to launch an unprecedented attack on the Irish people despite his declaration that the Irish people are not at fault for the economic crisis.

Speaking from Leinster House today Deputy McDonald said:

“Last night’s address was a missed opportunity. The Taoiseach gave the people no inspiration or hope that his government has a route out of this crisis.

“Instead what we got was the same tired rhetoric Fine Gael and Labour Ministers have been trotting out for the last number of weeks. And despite Enda Kenny acknowledging that the Irish people are not at fault for the economic crisis his Government will still target them to shoulder the heaviest burden.

“It is clear from the Taoiseach’s remarks that it will be those on the lowest incomes who will suffer most from the budget's cuts to services and social protection as well as increased charges.

“Sinn Féin has argued that those with wealth should pay more. We have shown that there is an alternative, that there are choices. Unfortunately this government, just like Fianna Fáil before them, is choosing to target the least well off while paying billions to unguaranteed bondholders.” ENDS

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