McLoughlin slams MacSharry statements on Sligo library services

‘Comments Only Draw Attention to Fianna Fáil’s Destruction of Irish Economy’

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Tony McLoughlin, TD. Fine Gael.
Tony McLoughlin, TD.
Fine Gael.

Fine Gael TD for Sligo-Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin, has accused Fianna Fáil Senator, Marc MacSharry of rank hypocrisy, after the Senator sought the need to advise him on where the real issues lay with Sligo County Council’s lack of resources.

Responding to the comments made by MacSharry in the Seanad this week about the concerns surrounding the future of a number of Sligo’s Libraries, Deputy McLoughlin has stated that “Under Fianna Fáil, Sligo County Council’s rate base collapsed, and that MacSharry is only attempting to pin this local issue on the current Fine Gael led  Government, in order to cover up for the years of abuse which his own party Fianna Fáil were responsible for”.

Library Ballymote

“Every time that Marc MacSharry bemoans the amount of moneyavailable to Sligo County Council, he only draws attention to his own Party’s destruction of the Irish economy. Does he think that the people of Sligo have forgotten that Marc MacSharry was a prominent Fianna Fáil Oireachtas member during that terrible period for our country”?

“Under Fianna Fáil this country was wrecked, and the collapse of the economy in 2008, and its longstanding effects, have led to the significant amounts of Sligo firms going out of business, ultimately leading to many empty retail units sitting idle in Co. Sligo. This
reality has impacted hugely on the amount of rates which Sligo County Council can collect, ultimately leading to financial difficulties for the Council.

Senator MarcMacSharry, Fianna Fail.
Senator MarcMacSharry,
Fianna Fail.

“Furthermore, over 300,000 jobs nationally, were lost under the last Fianna Fáil government and thousands of shops and companies went out of business. With those jobs, went a massive amount of the Government’s tax income and ultimately the funding that it could provide to local Councils decreased significantly.

However whilst understanding this, I firmly believe that the people of Sligo are entitled to have this vital library service and I have expressed these strong opinions to the CEO of Sligo County
Council, Ciaran Hayes, just last week. It is not acceptable that they are under threat”. “The staff in the Sligo libraries in Tubbercurry, Enniscrone, Ballymote and Sligo have always given a great
service to the people of Sligo under the stewardship of Mr. Donal Tinney and this should continue.

Despite Senator MacSharry’s comments, I remember that even during the years of great wealth and the Celtic Tiger, funding was always hard to obtain for Sligo’s Libraries. My former colleague
Joe Leonard always had to fight hard to obtain extra funding for books and such”
“Our boom time taxes should have been generating long term, sustainable, enterprise driven jobs, similar to the jobs which Fine Gael in Government are creating as our country recovers. Instead
Marc MacSharry and Fianna Fáil spent a decade indulging in giveaway budgets in order to win elections; had an economic model that was based on the construction and sale of houses; and
turned a blind eye to the lack of financial oversight of our bank which bankrolled our so called property boom” concluded Deputy McLoughlin.