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Government lying on budget solutions – Morgan

21 October, 2009

Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Arthur Morgan has accused the Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan of lying about the solutions to financial crisis, after the Minister said that the only tax he would introduce in the budget would be a carbon tax and that he would cut social welfare and salaries. Deputy Morgan said the government did not have the political will to make the hard decisions about taxation and that it was resorting to targeting the vulnerable instead.

Deputy Morgan said: "Sinn Fein will launch its pre-budget submission in early November. We have identified a number of money raising and saving measures which will yield billions of euro, and have also proposed and costed a stimulus plan. We have not proposed any cuts to social welfare payments or public services and the only wages we have targeted are the highest paid wages.

“The government is lying about the solutions to this crisis. They are lying about the constraints they face in the budget. They do not have the political will to make the hard decisions on taxation, which would involve raising money from the wealthiest in society who happen to, by and large, support government policies on this matter. The government is choosing instead to target the least well off because they believe that they are a group with no voice and will take these cuts lying down.

"Sinn Féin cannot let this Government get away with this lie. There is money in this state that can be raised. Cutting services will not only harm society but it will contract the economy even further. This government does not have the political will, or the priorities, to ensure that we come out of this recession in a manner that protects to most vulnerable sections of society. They must be removed from office before they do anymore damage to the economy and society.” ENDS

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