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Brexit result a wake-up call for the EU and the Irish Government – Cullinane

27 June, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Speaking this morning at the National Economic Dialogue Forum, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD said that the Brexit result was a clear wake-up call for the institutions of the EU and the Irish Government. He said huge swathes of working people and the unemployed are becoming increasingly alienated from the political system at EU and national level.

Addressing the Forum Deputy Cullinane said:

“Today’s National Economic Dialogue is overtaken by events. The Brexit result has sent shockwaves across the EU and Ireland. It raises profound questions for Ireland’s future North and South. It is vital that An Taoiseach Enda Kenny stands up for the rights of voters in the North, as well as the interests of people in the South. 

“It is also important that European as well of Irish political leaders listen to the concerns of communities who are being left behind. Hugh swathes of our working people feel isolated, alienated and frustrated with the political system. They see a European Union that is anti-democratic and not working for them and their families. 

“They also hear Government politicians talking about ‘keeping the recovery going’. For them, there is no recovery. There is no recovery for those on low pay and low hour contracts. There is no recovery for those living in poverty and deprivation. There is no recovery for those lying on hospital trollies or sleeping in emergency accommodation. 

“The EU and Ireland is at a cross roads. We need to change course. We need to fundamentally address the democratic deficit at the heart of the EU institutions. We need to focus on decent work and decent pay, rebuilding our public services, investing in capital infrastructure and fair and just taxation. 

“This Government is pursuing a policy of tax cuts for the top 16% while our public services are crumbling. They are adding to the real sense of frustration and alienation felt by so many citizens. Sinn Féin is for building a social Europe, a democratic Europe and an Ireland, north and south, that delivers decent work, decent pay, and an economy that services its citizens and not the other way around.” 

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