Saturday 10 December 2016

No government has right to sell assets of the people

Published 12/03/2011 | 05:00

TDs Anne Ferris (Lab), Andrew Doyle and Billy Timmins (both FG) in Co Wicklow for National Tree Week. COLM MAHADY
TDs Anne Ferris (Lab), Andrew Doyle and Billy Timmins (both FG) in Co Wicklow for National Tree Week. COLM MAHADY

I understand that the new government intends to sell off 'non-strategic' state assets. Strategic or not, I don't think any government should have the sole right to sell our assets.

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No doubt there is a clause in a state document somewhere, which says that the government of the day has possession of these assets and can sell them off if it wishes to.

It seems to me that these assets were developed with funding provided by the people in one way or another, and in many cases were created by the physical and mental labour of the people and therefore belong to the people.

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