SINN Fein general election candiate Cllr Maurice Quinlivan has criticised remarks by Finance Minister Michael Noonan as being “arrogant” and “detached”.
In an exclusive interview with the Limerick Leader last weekend, Mr Noonan warned against a Fine Gael-Fianna Fail coalition, saying this would make Sinn Fein the main party of opposition.
He said he does not believe the party “passes the economic literacy test,” adding: “I don’t think they have any idea on how to run a private sector economy.”
But Cllr Quinlivan said: “He has a brass neck to criticise Sinn Féin on economic matters when his policies have devastated the lives of thousands of ordinary people over the last five years.”
The northside councillor also said his party’s alternative budget submissions have been fully costed.
”It’s deeply ironic to receive a charge of ‘economic illiteracy’ from a minister whose government has overseen emigration of 300,000 people during its term of office, a record comparable only to the worst days of the 1950s.”
”What he really means, when he lashes out at Sinn Féin, is that he completely disagrees with an economic perspective centred on fairness and equality. However, he is a shrewd man. He knows that saying this wouldn’t go down too well in many parts of Limerick,” Cllr Quinlivan added.
And he said while he is “frustrated” with the nature of Mr Noonan’s remarks, he is not worried.
”The ordinary people know the score. People look at conditions for patients and frontline staff in University Hospital Limerick and they realise that this government does not want a functioning public health service. People understand what Fine Gael are all about - protecting the wealthy elite - no matter how hard their publicity department works to sugar coat it,” he said. He added the minister’s approach in “attacking Sinn Fein” is “getting tiresome and rather boring”