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Leo Varadkar completely out of touch with ordinary people – Mary Lou McDonald TD

23 March, 2019 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has branded An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as “completely out of touch with the daily realities facing ordinary people”.

Ms McDonald was responding to the Taoiseach’s address at his party’s Ard Fheis tonight.

The Sinn Féin President said:

“The Taoiseach has shown through his empty words and mud-slinging tonight just how completely out of touch he is with the daily realities facing ordinary people.

“Leo Varadkar had nothing to say about the cost of living crisis which is crippling families. He had nothing to say about the low wage economy and precarious work which is causing huge levels of stress and insecurity among working people.

“For all his talk of reducing tax, the Taoiseach will shortly impose a carbon tax on families who are already living hand to mouth. Who are already struggling to make ends meet. Who are at the mercy of endless expense and a health and housing system in constant crisis. 

“The fact is that the Fine Gael government is inherently ineffective and unstable. It is lurching from crisis to crisis and has lost control of budgetary spending as was evident in the National Children’s Hospital debacle. 

“The Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil alliance has done nothing but damage and the empty rhetoric from Leo Varadkar tonight shows that we need a new direction and a government that will start delivering for people."

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