Weekly Protest Against Austerity And For Jobs – Clondalkin Village

Posted: February 3, 2012 in Austerity, Dublin Mid West, Jobs

Dublin Mid-West Sinn Féin has launched a weekly protest in Clondalkin Village against austerity and for investment in jobs. The protest will take place every Saturday at 1.30 at the Civic Offices, Clondalkin Village. The aim of the protest is to provide a focal point for people to express their anger at the savage cuts and tax hikes introduced by Fimne Gael and Labour in December’s budget and to call for a new approach based on investment in jobs and growth.

Speaking today Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West representative Eoin Ó Broin said:

“Fine Gael and Labour have been in Government now for almost a year. Unemployment and emigration are rising. Mortgage distress and financial hardship are deepening. Poverty and inequality are at a 10 year high.

“There is a growing anger at the failure of Government to invest in jobs creation and economic recovery.

“People see the billions of taxpayer’s money that continues to be wasted on toxic bank including the €3.1bn that is due to be given to Anglo Irish Bank on March 31st.

“Yet Fine Gael and Labour are cutting funding to vital front line services. Community employment schemes, community safety schemes, funding for teachers in disadvantaged schools, nursing home beds have all been subject to savage cuts in December’s budget.

“And to make matters worse the Government are heaping additional charges like the household taxes on hard pressed families, pushing them further into financial stress and damaging the local economy.

“In recent weeks we have noticed a growing anger among ordinary people, fed up with the cuts and charges and bank bailouts.

“So we have decided to organise this weekly protest to provide people with a focal point to express that anger and to demand a change of direction from government. We are urging all people who want an end to austerity and bank bailouts and who believe investment in job creation must be the Governments priority to join us at the protest on Saturday.” ENDS

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