Irish PM Brian Cowen launches attack on Sinn Fein's policies
Taoiseach Brian Cowen last night launched a strong attack on Sinn Fein's economic policies as he said the country "wouldn't have the money" for social welfare payments if the party was in power.
Ahead of his latest visit to Donegal town today for the by-election campaign, Mr Cowen told the Irish Independent the Government would not be able to borrow any money if it adopted Sinn Fein's approach.
"I am not in the business of negative politics but I do have to set out the position. On the Sinn Fein side, Pearse Doherty is out there saying: 'Vote for me and save my pension' sort of thing.
"The fact of the matter is Sinn Fein has an economic policy position which does not accept that we have to get down to 3pc by 2014, which is an obligation we have as members of the euro area," he said.
"If people like that had the responsibility of Government today and took that approach, we wouldn't be funded. It's difficult enough, as you can see, getting back into the market doing the responsible thing.
"How likely are you going to get back into the market, doing what I would regard as an irresponsible thing, which is to suggest you can go on as before?"