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Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael both have poor in their sights to fix economy

23 June, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh said today that Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are both willing to target vulnerable sectors in society to fix the economic crisis. Ó Snodaigh was responding to an exchange in the Dáil today where Brian Cowen refused to speculate on the introduction of a property tax and Enda Kenny said he should implement the McCarthy ‘Snip’ report in full first. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said Sinn Fein oppose both a property tax and the McCarthy report.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Sinn Féin is the only party which has put forward a stimulus programme aimed at lifting this state out of recession without targeting the vulnerable, who did not cause this crisis. But Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are not only economically challenged when it comes to a policy that will fix this mess, they are both determined to use the crisis to push vulnerable sectors further into poverty.

“While Brian Cowen looks at a property tax which would in all likelihood be a flat tax that disproportionately affects the less well off, Enda Kenny’s only response is that he should implement the McCarthy report in full. This report should be burned for the piece of rubbish it is.

“From a macro point of view, it would not fix the problems of the economy, but rather contract the economy to a point of depression. On a human level, it is a report by a group of people who are far removed from the suffering it would inflict on vulnerable groups if implemented.

“Neither Fianna Fáil nor Fine Gael have the policies to lift this state out of recession. Both have the poor in their sights, whether through flat taxes or cuts. The Labour party have little to say on anything for fear of upsetting any voter, anywhere. We are the only party at this point in time presenting a clear vision for an alternative economy that does not rely on either regressive taxation measures or D4 economists’ cuts.” ENDS

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