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Taoiseach claim on cuts is rubbish – Ó Snodaigh

14 November, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social and Family Affairs Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has branded comments from the Taoiseach yesterday that no area of public expenditure could be exempt from cuts as ‘rubbish’ saying that his party would outline how the €4billion target can be made without resorting to cuts in social welfare and public services.

He said:

“Again yesterday the Taoiseach repeated his assertion that he is determined that every section of public expenditure will be targeted in the upcoming budget. This is the completely wrong approach. It is exemplified by the disgraceful axing of the Christmas social welfare bonus in April’s emergency budget. This is one of the meanest and most Scrooge-like cuts ever to be imposed and will have a profound effect on struggling families and the elderly.

“When this government says everyone will have to take some pain they don’t really mean it. We are seeing that some people will be subject to very little pain and others such as social welfare recipients will face unjustifiable cuts. The assertion that we are all in this together with equal blame and equal responsibility and that all sectors have to take equal cuts is rubbish. It is a lie made up by those who are opposed to cuts starting at the top – those who are opposed to targeting the wealthy, those on high incomes, those who pocketed huge windfall profits during the ‘Celtic Tiger’ era.

“The government approach is unjust and plain bad economics. There is a fairer way. A way that ensures that those who have more pay more and that those who can’t afford to pay are not forced to.

"Sinn Féin will publish its pre-budget submission this Monday. This will show clearly, and with Department of Finance figures, how the €4billion that the Government is seeking to make can be found without resorting to cuts in social welfare and public services.”


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