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Press statement: Clare Daly TD Socialist Party/United Left Alliance

Privatisation of state assets will come at the cost of jobs and democratic control over vital services and infrastructure

Responding to the government’s announcement regarding the part privatisation of ESB, Bord Gais and Coilte and the intended sell off of the government’s remaining stake in Aer Lingus Socialist Party/ULA TD and Aer Lingus employee Clare Daly said:

“Here we have another example of the government responding to the economic crisis with the same character of neo-liberal measures that got us here to begin with.

“A key feature of the crash in Ireland has been a catastrophic collapse in private sector investment. Rather than trying to sell off valuable state assets to this same private sector we need instead to be enhancing the role of the state in job creation through both emergency necessary public works and an expansion of state enterprises.

“The government are trying to soften this fresh attack by claiming that one third of any proceeds will be invested in job creation. However I will be putting it to Minister Howlin next Tuesday when he answers questions in the Dáil that the real experience of privatisation has been one of job destruction as is evidenced by Eircom and Aer Lingus who are both shadows of what they formally were.

“There is a more fundamental reason why privatisations of major assets and utilities should be opposed. As a class working people should have democratic control over key aspects of economic life in this country.

“This begins with major utilities and infrastructure being in public ownership. That is not to say that the pre existing set up in the likes of the ESB from the point of view of Chief Executuve salaries and the top down manner in which they are run is something we defend. Far from it, these organisations should be radically reformed and democratised while remaining in state hands.

“Battle lines have now been drawn by the government. The workers in ESB, Bord Gais and Coilte in particular must heed the experience of Eircom and Aer Lingus and ready themselves for a fight to oppose these privatisations. The Socialist Party and United Left Alliance will champion this fight in the political field.”

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Clare speaking at public meeting on Household Tax Feb 6th in Galway  recorded for broadcast on RTE’s Morning Ireland

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Economy


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