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Fine Gael at odds over Universal Social Charge –Councillor Denise Mitchell

14 January, 2016 - by Denise Mitchell TD


General election candidate for Dublin Bay North Councillor Denise Mitchell has said it is glaringly obvious that the Fine Gael Finance Minister Michael Noonan is at odds with the Taoiseach in relation to the Universal Social Charge.

Speaking from Coolock this morning she said,

“For the last number of months I have been engaging with residents around the issues that are important to them ahead of the General election.   

One of the main concerns for people that come up on doorsteps with me is the hated USC Charge introduced by Fianna Fáil. 

Working families are paying a huge amount of this tax every week and there is a feeling there is nothing to show for it.

The Taoiseach committed a number of months ago to abolishing this tax but today the Finance Minister has come out and said Fine Gael will not be getting rid of the USC.

How could people have confidence in this government when one hand doesn’t know what the other hand is doing? “

“She further added,

“Sinn Féin will not make false promises to the electorate in order to secure votes.  We have been consistent in our approach to the USC from the start.

We have committed if elected to government to ease the tax burden on working families by scrapping the water charges and the family home tax and taking 277,000 workers out of the USC net.”

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