Carthy confident that appetite for change among the public is growing
Cavan Monaghan Sinn Féin TD, Matt Carthy, has said that while he is disappointed that a majority of TDs voted confidence in the current government he is confident that the appetite for change among the public is growing.
Speaking after Tuesday’s Dáil vote on Sinn Féin’s confidence motion, Deputy Carthy said:
“I am disappointed that the Dáil has voted confidence in the Fianna Fáil/ Fine Gael/ Green Party coalition.
“Sinn Féin tabled a motion of no confidence in the Government because we believed and continue to believe that a general election is needed.
“The government last week lost its Dáil majority having presided over two years of failure after failure, especially in the areas of housing and healthcare.
“Instead of making things better, they are making things so much worse. Ordinary workers and families pay a heavy price for these failures.
“The reality is that this government has failed to deliver on housing and health and has failed to properly address the rising cost of living for citizens. They have refused to bring forward an emergency budget to tackle the rising cost of living and will not cut the cost of energy utilities, rents or childcare at a time of financial crisis for families.
“Nothing the government said during the confidence debate changes that. They are out of touch, out of ideas and out of time.
“People deserve a government that will roll-up its sleeves and get to work to ensure that workers and families have a chance at a good and decent life. That is not a lot to ask for.
“TDs had a decision as to whose side they are on – workers and families in their constituencies, or a chaotic government that has failed so abysmally?
“Those who chose the latter – that is for them to stand over. I was proud to cast my vote in opposition to this government’s failed policies.
“We may have lost a Dáil vote but I firmly believe that the public has not lost its appetite for change. It fact that appetite for change is growing.
“Sinn Féin will continue to use our platform in the Dáil to help bring about that change.”