Ivory Tower government

Cruelest cuts planned in front of priceless tapestry which once belonged to Spanish queen.

Library at Farmleigh House

Photo above shows the Georgian opulence of Farmleigh House.  The government spent around €54 million on buying and renovating the former Guinness family mansion in the Phoenix Park as a government retreat house.  Photo shows the dining room and, (background) the priceless tapestry which once belonged to Queen Maria Christina of Spain.  This is where the Taoiseach and his ministers sat down to plan the most vicious budget in the history of the state which is set to include further cuts in social welfare, health and education.

The Workers Party have said that neither the cabinet nor the majority of Oireachtas members from all parties have any appreciation of the amount of pain being suffered by ordinary working class people as a result of the recession and the associated cutbacks in health, social welfare and  other services.

Tom Crilly, Chairman of the Dublin Region of the Workers Party, described the arrival of government Ministers at Farmleigh House last evening (Monday) as a “cavalcade of ignorance and opulence” and said it was impossible that people who lived so remote from ordinary people could understand the pressure under which working families, the unemployed or social welfare dependents are living under.

“Last night we saw a privileged elite arriving in a fleet of top-of-the-range cars at their €54 million ivory tower in the Phoenix Park where they wined and dined before sitting down to plan another tranche of vicious cuts in vital public services.  They could not possibly comprehend the impact their decisions will have or the fact that they will drive hundreds of thousands of people deeper into poverty.   This obscene elite has set its face against raising any serious money from the even wealthier elite of bankers and speculators who lord it over the ordinary people of this country and appear to be immune from any law or sanction, let alone pain”, said Mr. Crilly

“To compound this we have a long standing Fianna Fáil senator who owns a portfolio of property in Dublin and around the country complaining that he can’t survive on the €65,000 a year Senate salary he gets for turning up at an institution which meets even less often than the Dáil itself. When such people demand hair-shirt budgets and vote for them in the lobbies they should be aware that they will sooner or later have to face the people.   If they fail to see how far they are out of touch then it may not just be at the electoral hustings that they will face those people but in the streets”, said Tom Crilly.

Issued Tuesday, 26th October 2010

Peace, Work, Democracy & Class Politics