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Morgan calls on opposition to support Sinn Féin proposal to tax wealth

17 November, 2009

Sinn Fin Finance Spokesperson Arthur Morgan, speaking before the Dáil debate on the government’s pre-Budget outlook today, has challenged Fine Gael and Labour to support Sinn Féin’s approach to the budget in the absence of any proposals of their own. Deputy Morgan said he would like to see the parties support Sinn Féin’s specific proposals for a wealth tax and capping public servants pay.

Deputy Morgan said:

“We welcome the opportunity to present again our pre-Budget proposals which we launched yesterday, this time in the Dáil and to the government. The silence from the other parties in terms of their proposals has been deafening.

“I am challenging Fine Gael and Labour, in the absence of their own proposals, to support some of ours. In particular I would like to see them support the wealth tax and the proposal to cap public servants pay. The latter in particular is very timely, when we look at the obscene salaries being paid in this state both in the public and private sector, as evidenced by the revelations about the head of AIB’s salary today.

“Both Fine Gael and Labour have reacted against several of the government’s proposals and I consider it essential that we in opposition not only oppose the government’s plans for this Budget but also present viable alternatives. Our pre-Budget proposals raise the money to not only reduce the deficit but also pay for a stimulus and we would welcome Fine Gael’s and Labour’s support for our proposals, the only ones presented and costed by an opposition party.” ENDS

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