Government should officially condemn racist actions of Trump administration – not just tweet about it
Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger has this morning said that she welcomes the sentiment of Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney’s tweet last night condemning the racist policies of the Trump government, but called on him and the government to officially condemn the actions rather than just tweet about it.
They said that the best response and condemnation of these policies would be to withdraw the invitation which Taoiseach Leo Varadkar issued to President Trump to visit Ireland.
This morning Solidarity TD Paul Murphy responded to reports that Minister Paschal Donohoe intends to take €1.5 Billion from the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to establish the fund, alongside a portion of corporation tax income, to establish the 'rainy day fund'.
Paul Murphy TD, member of the Finance Committee, said:
“The establishment of a so-called ‘rainy day fund’ by Fine Gael and agreed by Fianna Fail is another example of how out of touch they are with reality. For the hundreds of thousands of people affected by the many crises in society – be it housing or health – every day is a rainy day, it's monsoon season.
“People will remember what happened the National Pension Reserve Fund, which was raided to pay for the bank bailouts. That is in reality what this fund is being established for again – it will be a new bank bailout fund. The 'expenditure benchmark' fiscal rule will effectively prevent it being used for necessary public investment. It will only be allowed to be spent in cases of ‘external shocks’, which in reality means when banks inevitably fail again.
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