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Fine Gael pre-budget proposals more like an April fool’s joke – Morgan

1 April, 2009

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has described Fine Gael’s pre-budget proposals as scant on detail and an attack on public services. He said Fine Gael have shown that they are no different in their approach to Fianna Fáil.

Speaking this evening Deputy Morgan said, "Fine Gael’s pre-budget proposals, published today, are very scant on detail, an attack on public services and lack a plan for job retention and creation. They have shown that they are no different in their ‘tax and cut’ approach than Fianna Fáil.

"Fine Gael have chosen to attack the public services at a time when ever greater numbers of people are dependent on them due to record levels of unemployment.

"There is no plan in relation to job retention or creation other than to create a new board of management for yet another state quango. In fact, on the very day when our unemployment figure hit record levels, Fine Gael have actually proposed to lay off yet another 15,000 workers. They have proposed an increase in indirect taxes such as petrol and diesel and a cut of €50million in social welfare payments this year.

"I am genuinely finding it difficult not to come to the conclusion that Fine Gael’s pre-budget proposals are not actually of an elaborate April fool’s joke." ENDS

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