THE WORKERS' PARTY OF IRELAND

Labour must decide where it stands

As Fine Gael deepens anti-worker rhetoric:

LABOUR MUST DECIDE IF IT STANDS ON THE LEFT OR WITH FINE GAEL

 

The President of the Workers’ Party Michael Finnegan has called on Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore to clarify where his party stands in relation to comments at the weekend by Fine Gael’s Enda Kenny and other prominent Fine Gael spokesmen who had called for forced redundancies in the health service and a pay freeze for public service workers.

 

Mr. Finnegan described the calls from Enda Kenny and FG Finance spokesman Richard Bruton as “despicable” and an attack on the working class.  

 

“Fine Gael”, said Mr. Finnegan, “are currently on the crest of a wave in opinion polls but their policies are cut from the same cloth as those of Fianna Fáil.    If Fine Gael had its way there would have been an even greater handout to the banks and more vicious attacks on public service workers along with stringent cutbacks in public services.  Fine Gael is the other side of the same right wing coin represented by Fianna Fail and the Greens”. 

 

Michael Finnegan said that the Labour Party had to decide whether it was prepared to end its long term relationship with Fine Gael, most recently cemented in the Mullingar Accord in the run up to last year’s general election.  It is simply not enough for Eamon Gilmore to put clear blue water between Labour and Fine Gael while in opposition if he is going to tie up the Labour boat beside Enda Kenny’s party at the next election.  Labour must decide if it is on the Left or with parties of the Right like Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael”.

 

“If Labour is serious about going forward without being hitched to the Thatcherite Fine Gael then it should take the next logical step and engage in meaningful discussion with all serious left wing parties about building a united front for progress” concluded Mr Finnegan.

 

Issued 24th November 2008

Peace, Work, Democracy & Class Politics