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McDonald accuses Gilmore of failing to stand up for national interest

7 June, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Speaking in the Dáil this morning Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald TD accused Tánaiste and Labour party leader Eamon Gilmore of failing to stand up for the national interest.

Deputy McDonald said:

“Media headlines continue to be dominated with clear demands from the Spanish Government for financial support for their banks.

“The Taoiseach in contrast stunned all in the Dáil yesterday by refusing to tell anyone what exactly he was seeking from his European counterparts.

“Following the Austerity Treaty referendum you joined the Taoiseach to tell us all that you had engaged in a telethon of sorts with European leaders and there had been a change in the mood in Europe following Ireland’s yes Vote.

“The question is was it a change for the worse?

“The German Finance Minister has been pretty clear that he interpreted the Irish Yes as an endorsement of European policy. Clearly Labour and Fine Gael have sold the people a pig in a poke.

“The only certainty now is that the treaty will deliver more austerity. The only stability this treaty will deliver is more of the same failed policies.

“Unlike the Spanish Government, Labour and Fine Gael have both failed to stand up for our national interest and have in turn failed our people.” ENDS

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