Wednesday, April 28, 2010

McDaid's arrogance and hypocrisy exposed in pension row

éirígí Tír Chonaill spokesperson Micheál Cholm MacGiolla Easbuig has accused Fianna Fáil North East TD Jim McDaid of “arrogance” and “staggering hypocrisy”. His comments came following McDaid's refusal to stop drawing down a ministerial pension despite still still being in receipt of his salary as a TD.

MacGiolla Easbuig said: “The arrogance of Deputy McDaid knows no bounds. Despite the fact that he continues to receive a massive salary and expenses from his role as a TD in Leinster House, McDaid insists that he is entitled to receive a Ministerial pension and refuses to relinquish that income.”

He added: “Indeed, in act of staggering hypocrisy, McDaid goes on to accuse those challenging his position of engaging in a 'witch hunt'. Yet this is the same Deputy who had no hesitation in taking part and supporting his party's witch hunt against public sector workers and social welfare recipients.”

“McDaid insists on keeping his extravagant salary, expenses and pension. Yet he has been an enthusiastic supporter of cutbacks in workers pay, in social welfare and in essential health and education budgets, as evident by his complete support of the most recent and savage budget imposed by his party.”

“From his ivory tower, he has also publicly sought to heap further misery on low paid workers, demanding to have the minimum wage reduced from its already low level.”

He concluded: “His arrogance and hypocrisy is typical of this administrations attitude to the Irish people. Workers and social welfare recipients did not create the current economic crisis which has resulted in mass unemployment, 21,000+ here in Donegal, and emigration from our shores once again. Yet McDaid and Fianna Fáil want them to pay the price for their economic policies in order to maintain the wealthy and extravagant lifestyle that he and his political and business cronies have become accustomed to.”

Donegal on Sunday (2/5/10) newspaper coverage of this story can be viewed here

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