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Fianna Fáil criticism of Fine Gael spending a 'desperate attempt to appear relevant before elections' – Jonathan O’Brien TD

21 May, 2019 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD

Sinn Féin’s deputy spokesperson for Public Expenditure & Reform, Jonathan O’Brien TD, has described Fianna Fáil’s recent criticism of the Government’ spending mismanagement as a 'last ditch attempt to appear different from the party they keep in Government before the upcoming elections'.

Speaking this afternoon, the Cork North-Central TD said:

“Fianna Fáil’s recent suggestion that the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council should carry out an examination of the Government’s budgetary projections seems to be another instance of all bluster and no substance.

“IFAC already publishes biannual fiscal assessment reports that examine Government’s budgetary and spending projections, with the next report expected in June, and another after the Budget in autumn.

“Fianna Fáil is recommending an examination that is already due to take place.

“We already know that the Government has mismanaged taxpayers’ money and public resources.

“It is the job of the opposition to hold Government to account. Fianna Fáil have failed to do so and are now desperate to find anything that allows them to appear different from the party they keep in power.

“We have provided real alternative solutions to the National Broadband Plan through the use of ESB, and have submitted legislation to ensure tenderers are regulated in the procurement process to ensure future capital projects are delivered on time and on budget.”

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