ALTHOUGH this election has seen the Labour party channelling the idea of change, when it came to launching their Kilkenny campaign the Labour party choose Dore’s Nostalgia cafe as the venue.
Labour are looking to a return to their past form in Carlow Kilkenny, as the seek to reclaim the seat that Sèamus Pattison held from 1961-2007.
Mr Gilmore made reference to the in depth poll carried out by the Kilkenny People when he was asked about his decision to go on his first public walk about in the battle ground constituency of Carlow Kilkenny. When Mr Gilmore was asked if he felt Labour could win two seats in Carlow Kilkenny he said
“Yes I do and I’ve seen evidence of some local (Kilkenny People) opinion polls that have been done here, that shows, that it is game on for the Labour party to win two seats here and we have two excellent candidates, Ann Phelan who’s based in Kilkenny and Des Hurley who is based in Carlow and we are getting very very warm response from the public and yes I believe we can win two seats here.”
Standing under a sign for currency exchange outside the Dore’s cafe Mr Gilmore said Fianna Fail had failed Ireland when it negotiated the IMF/EU bail out which he predicted would ruin the country’s economy unless it was revisited.
“Fianna Fail let down this country, I say to that a weak bended knee Fianna Fail Government sold this country out in the deal that it did with the IMF. I think what this country needs is a government that will stand up for Ireland. A government that will stand up for the people of Ireland and renegotiate that deal and work on an investment strategy that will get people back to work.
Mr Gilmore added that the IMF deal would not work for the country as it was currently configured. He laid out three points outlining the failure of the bailout and the consequences it would have for the country and the Irish people.
“First of all the IMF deal won’t work and its perfectly clear that already the EU IMF deal is not working for this country. The central bank only a couple of days ago have revised down the growth expectations for this country and that is because the type of austerity measures contained in that deal are going to drive down the economy and drive people out of work and suppress the abilities of people to spend for retail and that is already happening so the deal is not going to work.
“Secondly the strategy that is in that deal for the banks where the country is being told to put all of there savings into banks that are already bust is not correct is not right that the taxpayers of this country have to shoulder the entire burden of what has happened in the banks and the bond holders don’t have to shoulder any burden.
“And thirdly the budgetary framework that was contained in that agreement is again something that is going to drive down the economy and to depress it so the deal is not working and if we proceed with that deal we will find ourselves in an even worse situation owing huge amounts of money a huge interest bill and at the same time people not back at work so what we have to do is we have to change that deal in order to get growth back into the economy.”