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Incoherent Sinn Féin economic policy will penalise the lowest paid workers

Alan Kelly

Published 07/05/2015 | 02:30

Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty, right, with Gerry Adams and deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald
Sinn Féin finance spokesman Pearse Doherty, right, with Gerry Adams and deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald

Expecting coherence and consistency from Sinn Féin in matters of economic policy has long been the Irish political equivalent of the pursuit of the Holy Grail to early Christians.

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After all, this is the party that voted for the bank guarantee with Fianna Fáil, who wanted to tell the troika to take a hike with their money in 2011 when nobody else would give us any, and who believe that Syriza and Greece represent the kind of economic model that the people of Ireland should aspire to.

Well, the people of the Republic, at least. Because, as we all know, Sinn Féin in Northern Ireland pursue totally different policies which have led to widespread public sector strikes and welfare cuts not seen in the south since Fianna Fáil were in office.

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