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Kenny’s position on Debt Conference based either on “petulance or ignorance”- Doherty

26 January, 2015 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said An Taoiseach Enda Kenny seems to be adopting a position of opposition to a Debt Conference based either on “petulance or ignorance”

Deputy Doherty said:

“The position as outlined by the Taoiseach and Minister Simon Harris that Ireland would not support a Debt Conference is just plain wrong.  Enda Kenny has put his foot down and said no to a Debt Conference. It is unclear whether the Taoiseach is simply acting out of petulance because Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin have pushed this idea or whether he is acting out of ignorance about the possibilities that a Debt Conference might bring the State and about what Syriza are actually proposing.

“Either way this is not good enough for the Irish people. It makes absolutely no sense for a country with a debt to GDP ratio of 111% to say no to a Debt Conference.

“We know this government has failed to make any meaningful stand for Ireland in Europe but saying no to a conference that could only benefit Ireland is a new low. It is a completely bizarre stance that is unjustifiable and inexplicable.

“We know that the Minister for Finance and the Tánaiste had expressed a different view but it seems Enda Kenny has put his foot down and said no to a debt conference. So, what has changed since Ministers Noonan and Burton spoke? Either petulance or ignorance seems to have won the day in the Taoiseach’s mind.

“Sinn Fein will continue to support Syriza’s demand because it makes sense for Europe but more importantly because it makes sense for Ireland.  As yet there has been no logical reason from government as to why Ireland will not stand with Greece and look for a Debt Conference.”

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