Wexford Sinn Féin is calling on all those people in the county who oppose the austerity measures implemented by this and the previous government to take to the streets of Wexford town on Saturday the 24th of March next. Cllr Anthony Kelly said that the rally against austerity was being organised to highlight the glaring unfairness in our government unleashing terrible austerity like the household tax on the Irish people while they prepare to pay off a €3.1 billion promissory note to honour the debts of unsecured bondholders at the end of this month.
“On the 31st of this month our government will pay out €3.1 billion to honour an annual promissory note to the ECB. This money is being used to pay for the sins of greedy bankers and ruthless international gamblers who like to call themselves bondholders. The 31st of March is also the deadline for householders to register to pay the household tax. Only 15% of those households that are eligible to pay the charge have registered. This is a clear signal to the government that the people have broadly rejected the policies of austerity. It’s unfortunate that Fine Gael and Labour still haven’t got the message.”
“Sometime later this year, we will be asked to vote in what the government refers to as the EU Fiscal Compact Treaty. I prefer to call it the austerity treaty. Sinn Féin opposes this treaty because its introduction will institutionalise permanent austerity in our economy. The new EU treaty, the paying of promissory notes and harsh government measures like the household tax and cuts to services are all unavoidably linked.”