Labour have abandoned principles in favour of two-tier recovery – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin’s Aengus Ó Snodaigh, responding to a statement published yesterday by Labour TD Joanna Tuffy, said:
“Joanna Tuffy’s most recent statement serves only to reinforce my assertion that the Labour party are far removed from the reality of what is happening on the ground in Ireland. By citing car sales and foreign holiday figures to support her argument, Ms. Tuffy has highlighted the true nature of this two tier recovery. While some may be in a position to make large purchases, the vast majority of citizens are struggling to make ends meet.
“This statement came not 24 hours after Minister Alan Kelly reiterated his ‘one way or another everyone will pay speech’, in an attempt to intimidate vulnerable people into paying for the Governments failed project, Irish Water - with utter disregard for people’s ability to pay. Labour are speaking out of both sides of their mouth, claiming to give with one hand whilst waving a clenched fist, in the form of threats of penalties, with the other.
“If that was not proof enough of their delusion, thousands of children now face the prospect of returning to school with no home to return to at the end of their day, expected to sit in a classroom and learn whilst being forced to live in a cramped hotel room. Claiming that we are all experiencing some form of economic recovery, while homelessness figures reach unprecedented levels is an insult to those families.
“Sinn Féin offers Irish citizens a better way, a chance at a fair recovery. I am not surprised that this intimidates Labour given their record in Government, but if they are as confident as they profess to be, I invite them to call for a General Election and let the people decide.”