Cllr O’Leary said, “Today’s budget announcements show that Labour and Fine Gael are taking a page out of Fianna Fail’s copybook and targeting families, social welfare recipients and public sector workers as they continue with the failed policies of cutbacks and austerity.
Speaking ahead of the event, Cllr Chris O’Leary said, “This week marks the first anniversary of the intervention by the EU and IMF in Ireland’s affairs last November. “Since then we have had a general election, but the new government has failed to renegotiate the bailout deal and instead followed the failed Fianna Fáil policies of paying billions into the banks while imposing cutbacks on lower and middle-income earners.
“The first payment is happening today, (Wednesday 2nd November) and will be paid out to an unguaranteed senior Anglo bondholder to the tune of €700 million.
FIANNA Fáil Health Spokesperson Billy Kelleher TD has said the Minister for Health James Reilly is using his Special Delivery Unit (SDU) as a smokescreen to hide his own inaction over the crisis at the Mid-Western Regional Hospital in Limerick.
Deputy Kelleher, along with Limerick TDs Niall Collins and Willie O’Dea and Clare TD Timmy Dooley, met with nurses form MWRH at Leinster House in Dublin today (Wednesday, 12 October) after nursing unions held a protest to highlight the worsening situation at MWRH.
“The balloons are to symbolise the centuries of colonial oppression visited on Ireland by the British monarchy. They will be released as part of the ‘Rebel Cork, Not Royal Cork’ event being planned by the party for Friday,” said a spokesperson.
Sinn Féin councillor Mick Nugent said, “As a counter-event to the arrival of the English queen, Sinn Féin will hold a “People’s Rally against the Royal Visit” outside the old FÁS office at Sullivans Quay from 12.30-2.30pm. We will be celebrating all those men and women who fought for freedom and the democratic right of the Irish people to decide their own future.
The party are calling the protest the “Peoples’ Rally against the Royal Visit” which will take place from 12-4pm at the plaza beside the National Monument on the Grand Parade.
SOCIALIST Party/United Left Alliance candidate for Cork North Central Mick Barry this morning said that he would fully support strikes by nurses and midwives against Government plans to slash pay for 4th year student nurses and midwives.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has raised the prospect of strikes in March as the follow-up to today’s national protest demonstration in Dublin.
SOCIALIST Party/United Left Alliance candidate for Cork North Central Cllr Mick Barry this morning hit out at Government plans to end pay for fourth year trainee nurses and midwives as a “vicious attack on young people” and an “out-and-out slave labour scheme”.
His comments came as nationwide union protests against the plan are organised today.