Belfast Telegraph

Left wing opposes Kenny's election

The strengthened left-wing bloc has opposed Enda Kenny's election as Taoiseach and denounced the coalition's plans to inflict more savage austerity.

The United Left Alliance (ULA) and Sinn Fein also launched a blistering attack on Labour for doing a deal with Mr Kenny's centre right Fine Gael on the first day of the new Dail.

The Socialist Party's Joe Higgins, elected under the ULA umbrella, rubbished claims of a "democratic revolution".

The new administration would implement "almost to the letter" the plans of "the late and unlamented" Fianna Fail/Green regime, he insisted.

Opposing Mr Kenny's nomination, Mr Higgins said Irish people were being force fed a poisonous cocktail of austerity - concocted by witchdoctors in Brussels and Frankfurt - to help Europe's sick banking system.

Comparing the monstrous cuts in living standards to the First World War, he claimed it wasn't the first time Ireland's political establishment sacrificed its people for a European-wide crisis.

Turning to Labour leader Eamon Gilmore, he said the party's founder James Connolly would be ashamed of his pact with Fine Gael and claimed it would burn the working class rather than the banks and bondholders.

"A vote for Deputy Kenny as Taoiseach is a vote not for revolution, not for change, but for counter-revolution and more of the same," he said.

During his maiden speech to the Dail, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams also singled out Labour.

"By ruling out all other options for coalition, including with those of us on the left, you undermined your own stated aspiration for a Labour-led government and limited the choice being presented to public," he said.

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