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Budget 2019 ‘exposed as style over substance’ – Doherty

28 November, 2018 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said Fine Gael’s most recent Budget has been exposed by the government’s fiscal watchdog as style over substance.

Speaking following the publication of a withering attack by the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council on the government’s most recent Budget, Teachta Doherty said:

“Today’s IFAC Report confirms what Sinn Féin has been saying for many months – this government’s Budget is all spin and no substance.

“It was a Budget based on a year of lectures and promises about stability and prudence. The IFAC have now completely savaged the government’s ongoing spin.

“It has failed to address the urgent issues facing our society, has scrambled to pay for another year of underfunding in our health service, and ran a deficit to dish out tax breaks to landlords, booming banks and investors feeding off the housing crisis.

“Even as the economy grows, the government has shown that it cannot properly Budget for our vital public services or give struggling families a break.

“Budgets are about choices and Sinn Féin chose to invest in our frontline services, reducing the cost of living, while also balancing the books.

“This government, with Fianna Fáil’s support, has chosen to return to the Boom and Bust politics of the past and have been now called out by their own watchdog.” 

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