The President of the Workers
Party Michael Finnegan has said that recommendations in today’s report of the body dubbed “An Bord Snip Nua”
amount to nothing less than a hysterical attack on the working class and a further attempt to make workers and their families
pay for a crime committed by the banking institutions in which ordinary workers had no hand, act or part.
Mr. Finnegan said
that the terms of reference given to the committee, headed up by a right-wing economist Dr. Colm McCarthy, in which increased
taxes on multinationals and billionaires were totally ruled out, was a charter to attack the working class and that workers
and their families should resist it categorically.
Responding to the
individual cut proposals including cuts in social welfare payments and the plan to dispense with thousands of front line health
care and education workers, Mr. Finnegan said that the report and its authors were
Party called on the trade union movement and the left in general to work in unison to fight the proposals and said it was
clear that the combined forces of capital were making sure that the bankers, speculators and multinationals would not pay
for the mess which they and they alone had created through criminal enterprise.
has in effect launched a class war against workers and their families. There
can be only one response to such a declaration and that is an utter rejection of the report and a determination to ensure
that it cannot be implemented”.
goers, hospital patients, the elderly and the young have all come under vicious attack in this report and therefore we must
all unite to ensure that this report is buried along with the discredited George Bush style politics which gave birth to it”.
It is an utter lie to
say that there are no alternatives to these cuts. Billions of Euro have been
purloined from the taxpayers of this country by speculators, multinationals and the plain corrupt. Our natural gas deposits have been given away for a song when they could have ensured that we could expand
public services instead of destroying them. This report will decimate an already woefully inadequate health service and cripple
our schools. More people will fall through the cracks in society and we will
see more early deaths of our young people and the report totally shreds any possible response to the Ryan Report which highlighted
the lack of services such as out of hours psychiatric services, proper centres for vulnerable young people and remedial services. In short, and without one scintilla of exaggeration, this report
will be the death knell, not only of vital public services, but of thousands of people.
Issued 16th July 2009