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Morgan challenges government back benchers to vote down Finance Bill

7 May, 2009


Responding to the publication of the Finance Bill Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD said Sinn Féin would oppose the Bill which unjustly targets low and middle income earners. He challenged government back benchers to have the courage to vote against what is a fundamentally flawed piece of legislation.

Deputy Morgan said, "This Finance Bill gives effect to the proposals announced in the emergency budget. The Government continues to mishandle the economic crisis. Its incompetence sees it lash out at low and middle income earners and attempt to get them to pay for a mess not of their making.

"Cuts targeted at families with children and those struggling with high mortgages have created enormous hardship. Subjecting those on low incomes to the regressive income levy is unjust and unwarranted.

"The Government has shown no interest in dealing with jobs crisis and their attempts to deal with the banking crisis have been flawed and ineffective. They appear more concerned with the plight of bankers and developers than that of ordinary people who have lost their jobs and who cannot meet their mortgage repayments. The uncertainty over what is happening in relation to mortgage interest relief has created widespread anxiety. How this has been handled is nothing short of incompetence.

"By taking more money off low and middle income workers the Government will erode consumer confidence and further undermine the economy. This bill needs to be opposed. It can be defeated. I am calling on government back benchers to have the courage to vote against what is a fundamentally flawed piece of legislation". ENDS

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