Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West, Matt Carthy, has criticised remarks made by Minister Noonan in advance of an emergency euro zone meeting today in Brussels where a debt write-down for Greece will be discussed.
Speaking from the European Parliament in Strasbourg Mr. Carthy said:
“Minister Noonan´s remarks about rampant tax evasion in Greece and his further statement that it was a fallacy to blame creditors for its plight are a clear example of the contemptuous attitude which the Minister holds towards those who have suffered the most at the hands of the financial crash.
“This lazy moralising about the irresponsibility of borrowers, declaring that debts must and will be paid in full, is playing into the hands of stereotypes instead of addressing the fact that it was the irresponsible attitude of European banks, which caused the suffering of the people of Greece and of Ireland”.
Carthy, who is a member of the parliament’s Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee, further criticised Minister Noonan’s comments that Ireland would not support a debt write-down for Greece. He stated:
“Rather than seizing the opportunity and momentum rising across Europe Minister Noonan has instead, true to form, meekly toed the EU establishment line when he stated that Ireland would not support a debt-write down for Greece. He once again aligned himself with the most conservative elements within Europe and against the interests of the Irish people.
“It is obvious to most Irish citizens that the restructuring of Greek Debt could have a significant positive impact on the economic future of Ireland also.Election
“Therefore our government should be doing all within its power to deliver a significant debt reduction for Ireland and in turn provide much required support to Greece and other countries who have suffered the most at the hands of vested financial interests. If Fine Gael & Labour are unwilling to take on that role they should call a General Election and allow people to vote for a government who will.”