The Workers' Party have welcomed the huge turnout at today's trade union
rally in Dublin which has been attended by over 120,000 people.
Workers' Party President Michael Finnegan said the massive turnout showed
the real anger held by workers that they are being singled out to bear the cost of the banks bailout and the economic crisis
caused by corruption in the business world.
Mr. Finnegan said that the show of unity between public sector and private
sector workers, between employed workers and the unemployed and a huge cross-section of ordinary Irish people gives a clear
message to the Irish government that people are no longer prepared to be scapegoated to shore up utterly corrupt banking institutions,
big business and property speculators.
"It is now almost six months since the government finally admitted that
this country was in recession. In that short period of time we have had blow after blow against working class people
who have suffered disproportionately due to the crimes of senior bankers, business executives and profiteers. People
are prepared to take no more of this and it is now clear that this government will be punished severely at the forthcoming
local and European elections", said Michael Finnegan.
"People need to see those responsible for this catastrophic collapse
in Ireland's economy punished for their wrongdoing. A token effort at pretend sharing of the pain such as a cut in top
bank executives pay will fool nobody. We need to see those responsible being removed from their position and those responsible
for corruption going to jail".
"There is also a need to change the state's priorities and protect health,
education and social programmes such as public housing. We need to protect jobs both in the private and public sectors
and create new jobs - something the state needs to do itself because the multi-nationals and native big business have shown
they have no interest in doing unless it is for profit".
Mr. Finnegan said it was too late for the present Fianna Fáil / Green
Party coalition to redeem itself. "The government has lashed itself to the mast of the sinking ship of globalisation
and banking speculators and should be prepared to go down with that ship. They should resign immediately because they
have no mandate whatsoever from the Irish people, and in particular no mandate from the Irish working class to implement
present policies which will cause misery and economic disaster for at least a generation".
Issued Saturday, 21st February 2009