The massive turnout at Buncrana’s protest on Saturday sends a clear message to the government that Inishowen and Donegal are saying NO to futher cuts and austerity, according to one local politican.
Deputy Padraig MacLochlainn believes the fact hundreds of people attended the protest at the weekend proves that people in Inishowen have had enough.
“The deep concern in Inishowen and Donegal about further cuts is palpable. Already huge numbers of our workforce are unemployed and thousands of mostly young people have emigrated across the county. Many chairs will be empty at the dinner tables of Inishowen and Donegal homes this Christmas,” said the Sinn Fein Deputy.
“In our fully costed pre budget submission, Sinn Féin have proved that there is a better way. We have to stop strangling our own people at every budget to pay the debts of reckless international gamblers. In Inishowen, we hear talk of garda stations closing in Malin and Culdaff, beds being lost at Buncrana Nursing Unit and Carndonagh Community Hospital, and the vital NowDoc service being downgraded. We also have seen funding removed from our schools, student grants slashed and more education costs pushed onto hard pressed families”.
The Buncrana Deputy said the “madness has to stop”
He added: “How much damage will be done to our community, public and physical infrastructure before this Government realise that the well has long since dried up. How much of the life of our people will they squeeze before they stand up against this profound injustice that forces our people to pay for the recklessness and unbridled greed of global capitalism that gambled on private Irish banks like Anglo? All the rules of the game have been torn up. This is sheer madness and not one international economist can understand it.
“You can not grow an economy and create jobs and new taxes while imposing crushing cuts and austerity year after year after year. This approach has failed dramatically yet our Government will stand up and tell the troika of the EU/ ECB/ and IMF that it has to stop. In particular, we have to stand up to the ECB”
He concluded: “Future generations will ask us what we did about it. This protest shows that the people of Inishowen fought back and said NO MORE”.