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Minster Donohoe embraces Failed Economic and Social Policies of Fianna Fáil – Cullinane

28 May, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane, Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform, said today that despite the ‘new politics’ label, the Fianna Fáil policies that led to the economic collapse still remain at the heart of this government's outlook and approach

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The proposals in the briefing document prepared for Minister Donohoe show that the Fine Gael/Independent coalition has absolutely no intention of listening to the voice of the people. It is fully intent on scapegoating those most in need in our society for the failure of the Fine Gael, Fianna Fáil and Labour to tackle poverty levels and introduce living wage employment.

“We know that poverty increased under the previous Fine Gael-Labour coalition. These policies, of course, were first put forward by Fianna Fáil. The proposed solution in the briefing document is to sanction working families and those with disabilities for having the temerity to exist. The logic is amazing. Instead of changing policy, they blame the consequences of those policies. 

“Government policy cannot be to make people with disabilities the problem. It would be better if they looked at their own decisions and the inequalities they create.

“The failure of government to adequately fund third level is to be tackled with more financial burden on the shoulders of working families. Meanwhile we get tax cuts for the wealthy.

“Minister Donohoe is the master of the ‘the only game in town’. We know why, because to accept that there are alternatives is to accept that his party made the wrong decisions. To avoid that conclusion, his government is willing to blame those with disabilities for the sins of government policy, and to increase the cost of education, in effect a tax on aspiration and social mobility.

“The independents who are ministers need to look at their own conscience and decide whether the perks of power are worth the price of trampling on the rights of those most in need in our society. There is no new politics in blaming the weak for the decisions of government.” 

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