SINN FÉIN said last night it would do everything in its power to give voice to the public anger over NAMA and demand that its passage be stopped.
Dáil business had to be suspended twice before one of the party’s TDs finally agreed to leave the chamber following his vocal opposition to NAMA. The party’s leader Gerry Adams backed up the opposition by insisting the banks should be nationalised instead.
“Fianna Fáil and the Green Party are determined to pass this Bill with the slimmest of majorities. They must be stopped.
“The anger among ordinary people who are facing repossession of their homes and businesses, who are living in negative equity and up to their neck in debts, is palpable,” argued Mr Adams.
Sinn Féin claimed the Government was robbing the Irish people of around €12,000 from every man, woman and child with its NAMA plans.
With the alternative plan of nationalising banks, argued Mr Adams, the State would control them and ensure that credit was available for medium and small businesses.
Mr Adams said he had told the finance minister directly that what the Government was doing was “economic madness, bailing out banks without guarantees to citizens”.
Earlier, Louth TD Arthur Morgan disrupted proceedings in the chambers, causing delays of an hour by protesting directly to the Taoiseach. The Dáil was reconvened twice during the delay.
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