Dé hAoine, Bealtaine 21, 2010

éirígí accuse Fianna Fáil of “warped priorities” over Donegal VEC row


éirígí Tír Chonaill spokesperson Micheál Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig has accused Donegal Fianna Fáil councillors of having “warped priorities”. He claimed they were more concerned about securing appointments for themselves than about the increased poverty and hardship their party is inflicting on working class communities.

He was responding to comments by local Fianna Fáil representatives following Mondays (May 17) meeting of Donegal Vocational Education Committee (VEC) which was held to make appointments to boards of management of VEC schools and other VEC committees. Fianna Fáil councillors said they were “shafted” at the meeting, with Cllr Dessie Larkin describing it as a “dark, dark day for the VEC”.

MacGiolla Easbuig said: “The priorities of these Fianna Fáil politicians are truly astonishing. I dont recall these same Fianna Fáil reps complaining about low paid workers and social welfare recipients being “shafted” by their party when incomes and access to essential public sevices were being slashed. I dont recall them describing successive budgets as “dark, dark days” for working people.”

He added: “These same politicians have supported some of the most savage cutbacks imposed since the foundation of this state. Cuts in pay, welfare, child benefit, early childcare supplement, home help, school transport, school book schemes, the scrapping of the Christmas bonus, new prescription charges and increased fuel costs have all lead to a sharp decline in the living standards of welfare recipients and working people. As a result, poverty levels have increased significantly. Cuts in essential health and essential services have also contributed greatly to this hardship and suffering.”

“As this hardship is being imposed in order to bail out the banks and to maintain the wealthy lifestyles of the political and business elite, there is no mention from these Fianna Fáil politicians of people being “shafted” or of “dark, dark days”.

He concluded: “As autumn and winter approach, more and more families will sink deeper into poverty. Families will find it harder to heat their homes and to adequately nourish themselves. As a result, more people will fall ill and die. But hey, that doesn't concern Fianna Fáil councillors. They have more pressing matters such as complaining about positions on the VEC to worry about!!!”

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