Sinn Féin will table a Dáil motion of no confidence in the Government next week.
Publishing the motion in Dublin today, Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams said:
“Fine Gael and Labour have broken their contract with the electorate and torn up their election promises. During the election these parties stood on a platform of standing up for Ireland’s interests in Europe; of ‘not one more red cent’ to be given to the banks; of protecting child benefit.
“The government not only failed to keep their promises but they have taken the extreme opposite approach. They have introduced a savage, regressive budget which among other measures sees a new tax on the family home, cuts to child benefit and payments to carers.
“The budget targets ordinary working families and the most vulnerable in our society and further damages the potential for economic growth and recovery.
“The Sinn Féin motion gives voice to the feeling of deep anger that exists across this state at the choices this government is making.
“This Government is implementing socially and economically disastrous policies for which they have no mandate.
“A change of political and economic direction is urgently needed. There is another, fairer way forward. It is clear that this requires a change of government.”
Text of motion to be debated on Tuesday and Wednesday:
That Dáil Eireann;
– Calls on this House to vote no confidence in the Fine Gael and Labour coalition government who have failed to fulfil their obligations to make political decisions and choices which benefit the citizens of this state.
Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin, Gerry Adams, Mary Lou McDonald, Michael Colreavy, Seán Crowe, Pearse Doherty, Dessie Ellis, Martin Ferris, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, Sandra McLellan, Jonathan O’Brien, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Brian Stanley, Peadar Toibín