- Fine Gael and Labour conspiring with Fianna Fail to rush Finance Bill is a cynical betrayal of Irish people
- General Election should be called immediately with provisions of Finance Bill and economic policy at heart of national debate
Cllr. Richard Boyd Barrett, People Before Profit and ULA candidate for Dun Laoghaire said “The posturing by Fine Gael and the Labour Party over the Finance Bill almost puts Fianna Fail and the Greens to shame. The Finance Bill gives legal effect to the budget. Therefore you can’t be against the budget and at time express a willingness to ‘facilitate’ it passing through the Dail in a week. This is utter hypocrisy.
“If they were really opposed to this budget they would be demanding an immediate general election where the budget could be debated. The truth is that both the Labour party and Fine Gael have no alternative to budget cuts and austerity policies and are committed in principal to the EU/IMF bailout agreement. They may be willing to play around with the details of the budget cuts but they are committed to implementing €15 billion in cuts because they argue there is no alternative. We say there is an alternative and it begins with tearing up the EU/IMF Memorandum of Understanding and burning the bondholders. It certainly does not involve pouring money into a failed banking system and the private pockets of property developers.”
Listen to audio clip of the Press Conference held today, Monday 24th Jan: