THE WORKERS' PARTY OF IRELAND

All Party Budget Talks Fiasco Condemned
The collapse, earlier this evening (Wednesday), of the four-party talks to agree a joint budget strategy cannot hide the reality that both the government and main opposition parties are still singing from essentially the same hymn sheet as regards budgetary policy and economic philosophy.

Michael Finnegan
Workers Party President Mick Finnegan

Workers Party President Mick Finnegan has said the decision of Labour Leader Eamon Gilmore to accept the invitation from FF Taoiseach Brian Cowen to talks on agreeing a consensus for dealing with the economic crisis, had been received with dismay by all those voters who have clearly indicated that what is needed now is the removal of FF and the Greens from office and a General Election.

Mr Finnegan stated: “this government has no mandate for the disastrous policies it is pursuing. Furthermore hundreds of thousands of voters are indicating in various polls that not only do they want FF out of Government but they also want a complete change in direction from any new government, one that will protect the most vulnerable and less well off in society, those in danger of losing their homes and jobs. That requires a change in policy, away from cuts and deflationary policies towards measures to stimulate the economy and measures to change the taxation strategy.”

“Eamon Gilmore has raised expectations that a Labour led government would bring about this change of policy and effect fundamental change in our economic priorities.  His actions this week indicate that with Labour we may very well get old wine in new bottles, and that they in government will be no better than FF. If he is truly serious about getting Fianna Fáil off the political stage why was he involved in this long drawn out public ritual which would have ensured that Fianna Fáil’s economic policy survived as state policy long after the last discredited vestiges of this government were kicked out of office?”

Issued: Wednesday 20th October 2010

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