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The Number One Priority Should be Retaining and Creating Jobs

20 March, 2009


Speaking in response to the huge 20% drop in the retail price index EU candidate Cllr Toiréasa Ferris said that the number one priority for any government at this point should be retaining and creating jobs. It should be getting Ireland back to work. Toireasa Ferris said: "This month thousands of people across Munster such as nurses, council workers, firemen etc will find their pay packets seriously reduced due to government levies and taxes. Across Tipperary alone there are 12141 men and women on the live register. Both groups of people are paying a high price for the failure of government. The reduction in income in both groups of people also represents a huge loss to the economy in the area, accounting for the record 20% fall in the retail sales index. " "We cannot tax our way out of this crisis. Even the Finance Minister Brian Lenihan has admitted that increasing the VAT rate last October was a mistake. The government cannot continue to deal with the situation by cutting services and increasing taxes. It is creating a destructive spiral where more and more money is being taken out of the economy leading to a reduction in spending leading to a further reduction in jobs and a further reduction in tax intake." "The haemorrhage of jobs is hitting revenue intake, increasing demand on social welfare and wasting the talents and ability of a whole generation. The number one priority for any government at this point should be retaining and creating jobs. It should be getting Ireland back to work." "Government should be developing a policy which will prioritise retaining jobs leading on to a three year plan to restore jobs and in the process stimulate consumer spending and revenue to pay for state services."

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