Sinn Fein should not be excluded from the Budget Deficit talks. Another bad decision Brian!

Some people never learn. Sinn Fein claim to oppose the intention to reduce the budget deficit to 3% of GDP by 2014. Taoiseach Brian Cowen concludes that this is a legitimate reason to exclude them for budget talks. I disagree for two reasons. They may have a worth while alternative. Secondly, they could be acquainted with the figures, the reality of the bond markets and the role of the ECB and IMF so that they too could understand why the options are so limited and our economic soverignty so compromised. It is no use letting Sinn Fein pretend to the electorate in areas where they have an audience that there is an easy alternative. We have to borrow the money for all debt. If we cannot borrow, we cannot pay wages, welfare and other expenses. Increasing the cost of our borrowing will delay national recovery. No easy options should be allowed. No excuses should be offered to allow any party the luxury of dissembling. Dessie Ellis is my Sinn Fein opponent. He is honourable.His party should not mislead him to encourage him to inadvertently mislead others. Cowen should not give them the opportunity for the excuse of ignorance.

Another bad decision Brian!


Adams: Taoiseach’s omission of SF from proposed talks ‘reprehensible’
Thursday, October 14, 2010 – 07:20 PM

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said today that talks about tackling the Budget deficit should include those who do not agree with the Government.

Mr Cowen invited Fine Gael and Labour to the discussions, but not Sinn Féin.

Mr Adams said: “If the Taoiseach is serious about acting in the national interest, there must be an honest assessment of all the options available to tackle the economic and fiscal crisis.

“The Taoiseach’s decision to exclude Sinn Féin from discussions because the party has a different opinion is reprehensible.”

The party president said Sinn Féin has proposals to cut the deficit but claimed they would not rely on savage cutbacks to do so.

Mr Cowen said Sinn Féin did not support the need to slash the deficit to 3% of GDP by 2014.

“Clearly if that’s their position, there is no basis upon which we can find a common conclusion for a solution to a problem,” the Taoiseach said.
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