‘SF is only party with cuts alternative’ - Doherty
Sinn Féin is the only party contesting the Donegal South West by-election with a credible alternative to the budget cuts of the government, the party’s candidate Senator Pearse Doherty said today.
“Sinn Féin has produced a detailed, fully costed economic plan for recovery – we are the only party with a credible alternative to the slash and burn cuts of the government,” he commented.
“Our plan will protect ordinary workers and vital public services and get the economy growing again. A stimulus plan is at the center of this plan. This would create thousands of jobs in Donegal. We have shown where savings can be made and where revenue can be raised without cutting front line services or targeting those on low and middle incomes.
“There is €25 billion in the National Pension Reserve Fund. The government is using €7 billion of that to bail out the banks. What we are saying is that €7 billion should be used monies to invest in jobs instead in a jobs creation and retention scheme because the fact is that you can’t have any recovery without creating jobs.
“To create jobs we need to look at expending employment in areas such as agri food and tourism. Entrepreneurs and those setting up new businesses need to be supported. We have proposed a change to PRSI so that those who become self employed are protected if their businesses don’t work out. I have also proposed the creation of a Donegal innovation website where would-be entrepreneurs would pitch their ideas to investors and the establishment of a one-stop-shop virtual helpdesk for business start-ups.”
Senator Doherty added: “There are currently 60 empty Údarás na Gaeltachta units in Donegal – these should be offered rent-free for the first year for anyone with a viable business plan. I want to see a new generation of cooperatives developed in Donegal to create jobs for local people in sectors such as agri-food, tourism, local service provision and culture and leisure facilities. The youth jobs fund which I proposed as part of Sinn Féin’s campaign for jobs for the unemployed would see job opportunities created for many of Donegal’s young people. I will work to ensure that the importance of farming and fishing to Donegal’s economy is recognised and their potential developed.”