Labour Using Post To Keep Backbenchers In line

The Cabinet are using the junior housing ministerial position to keep Labour backbenchers in line, according to Sinn Fein on Monday.

Sinn Féin's housing spokesperson Dessie Ellis criticised the cabinet for holding off on the appointment of a new junior minister for housing describing the move as an attempt by the cabinet to keep disgruntled Labour backbenchers in line until after the budget.

TD Dessie Ellis said: “Despite the serious issues ongoing in housing, the massive numbers on waiting lists, the huge subsidy of private landlords and the failure to address the spiralling homelessness problem, the role of Minister of State with special responsibility for Housing remains unfilled following Willie Penrose’s resignation.

“The Cabinet is using the temptation of this position to keep Labour TDs supporting their attack on working people, the vulnerable and the old. The question is whether or not ministerial perks are worth more to these TDs than the people who elected them.

Mr Ellis said that people were sick and tired of cuts and austerity to pay for a bailout, which shouldn’t even be happening, and that ordinary working people have had serious drops in their income and many low earners are teetering on the poverty line.

"Labour promised they would protect these people and they have failed. The upcoming budget is set to be another betrayal."

He added that Labour backbenchers were getting increasingly uncomfortable with their leadership’s "acquiescence" with the policy of the bailout.


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