FF accused of being 'beyond delusional'
Longford/Westmeath Deputy Burke was responding to comments made by Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath on RTE Radio’s Drivetime last week which suggested that he influenced the decision to repay the IMF debt early after raising the issue previously with former Finance Minister Michael Noonan.
Deputy Peter Burke said Mr McGrath’s claims were bemusing.
“Make no mistake about it, Fianna Fáil or Michael McGrath had no influence on how we came to this decision.
“When it comes to IMF repayments, we all know what role Fianna Fáil had – their mismanagement caused them and the resulting pain and hardship that everyone in Ireland felt for years afterwards.
“Mr McGrath and his party were in government when the IMF rolled into town. Nobody will ever forget how we lost our economic sovereignty – through Fianna Fáil politicians and there are still plenty of those faces on their front benches.
“It is only thanks to the good work of the Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and his predecessor Michael Noonan that we are now in a position to repay early the IMF debt (circa €4.5bn) and bilateral loans from both Sweden (€0.6bn) and Denmark (€0.4bn).
“Fine Gael has overseen the economic recovery of this country and continues to do so. We in Government will continue to focus our efforts on the prosperity of this country and providing opportunity for all.
“Those who seek to claim credit for the good work achieved by Fine Gael are best left in the distant past with the economic crash,” he said.