Friday, January 20, 2012

Stop the Handover Protests across Wexford tomorrow (Sat 21st)

A “Stop the Handover” Picket will take place tomorrow (Saturday 21st) at 2pm in the Bullring to protest the Irish Governments pay out to unguaranteed, unsecured bondholders. Similar demonstrations will be held across the county. Wexford Sinn Féin are organising the events which will highlight the handing over of €1.25 billion next Wednesday to Anglo Irish Bank bondholders, and are inviting all people who reject this handover to come and make their voices heard.

Cllr Anthony Kelly said;
“Next Wednesday the Fine Gael and Labour government are going to hand over €1.25 billion to another unguaranteed Anglo bondholder. This is at a time when members of the government are saying that they are prepared to send homeowners who refuse to pay the household charge to jail.”
“The saving of €1.25 billion would mean that there would be no need for a household charge. No need to defy the wishes of the majority of Irish people by taxing their hard earned homes. No need to scare the most vulnerable members of our society into believing that they will end up in jail. Our government had a clear choice here and they have made an unbelievable decision; they have chosen unsecured bondholders ahead of the welfare of their own people.”

“Sinn Féin completely opposes these handovers. We held a protest when €700 million was handed over last October and we will continue to protest and highlight this ludicrous state of affairs. The Irish Government needs to be held accountable for failing the people in such a startling obvious and blatant misappropriation of state funds at this critical time.”
“I would call on the three government TDs in County Wexford, as well as the many coalition reps on our local councils, to make their opinions on the handovers known and, if they are unwilling to try to stop this heinous situation, do the honourable thing and resign immediately.”

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