THE new Government does not represent change and is not representative of rural Ireland – Brian Stanley TD.
By Joe Barrett.
Sinn Féin Dáil Deputy Brian Stanley said that the newly formed Government led by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael – “It is set to be the most conservative coalition this State has ever had. A Green mudguard will not disguise that. Regardless of what party props them up, it is in Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael’s DNA to protect the developers, big landlords, speculators and insurance industries.
He said: “Behind its vague commitments, the Programme for Government offers no vision or ambition to deal with the existing structural and funding issues in health, housing, childcare and our public services.
“The conservative coalition is also not representative of rural Ireland and the make up of the Cabinet proves this. The Taoiseach plus 10 senior Ministers represent either the greater Dublin area or the city of Cork, with just four from beyond the Pale. To make matters worse, the Department of Rural and Community Development is now tagged on to the rear end of the much larger Department of Social Protection, with a single Minister responsible for both.”
‘We will ensure that we are the strongest opposition in the history of the State.’
The Portlaoise based TD said: “Instead of showing commitment to transform key public services and deliver for low and middle income workers, Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Greens promise to cut USC for those earning more than €100,000 a year, at a cost of €125 million a year. This Government is not the change that people voted for.
“The conservative parties may see it as a victory to have denied Sinn Féin entry into Government. However, we will ensure that we are the strongest opposition in the history of the State.
“Sinn Féin has ensured that issues affecting workers and families have been pushed to the forefront of Irish politics. We campaigned with communities to block water charges. We pushed affordable housing and a single tier health service to the top of the political agenda when other parties weren’t interested and we worked with Trade Unions to end zero hour’s contracts.”
“Sinn Féin now has a much larger mandate and a stronger team in the 33rd Dáil. We will use this to hold the Government to account and force through the change that is needed to give workers and families a secure future,” said Deputy Stanley.