Date Released: 15 October 2013
The SIPTU Dublin District Council has stated that it regrets the failure of some Fine Gael TDs to meet constituents to discuss ICTU proposals aimed at boosting economic growth and creating jobs.
During the last month members of the SIPTU Dublin District Council have contacted all the Fine Gael TDs in Dublin to arrange a meeting to present them with the ICTU document, ‘Budget Perspectives’, and discuss its content.
Dublin District Council Chairman, Jack McGinley, said: “Central to the proposals is an economic stimulus package that if implemented is estimated would result in the creation of 41,000 jobs.
“While we thank the majority of Fine Gael TDs in Dublin who did meet delegations of constituents to discuss the proposals, it must be highlighted that several did not make themselves available for a meeting.
“Those who did not make themselves available for a meeting include Ministers Alan Shatter, Leo Varadkar and James Reilly. Other deputies who did not make themselves available include Terence Flanagan, Alan Farrell, Liam Twomey and Mary Mitchell O’Connor.”
Jack McGinley added: “It is extremely unfortunate that despite repeated requests these Fine Gael TDs did not make themselves available to discuss with constituents constructive proposals aimed at job creation.
“Following the Budget announcement we will be reviewing what impact, if any, our meetings with Fine Gael representatives had. Following this the work of the SIPTU Dublin District Council will be focused on the forthcoming European and Local Elections in Dublin.”