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Fine Gael plagiarising Government’s budget – Doherty

3 December, 2010 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Reacting today to the publication by Fine Gael of their pre-Budget submission, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty accused Fine Gael of plagiarising the Government’s budget plans.

Deputy Doherty said if the Fine Gael party is to lead the next Government we will continue on the same track that Fianna Fáil has led us on and people should be worried.

He said:

“The Fine Gael pre-Budget submission is everything you would expect from Fianna Fáil, social welfare cuts, cuts to public sector workers, property taxes and support for water charges.

“Both parties are interchangeable and we can see that in this publication today.

“Fine Gael have postured themselves as the main opposition party but there were serious doubts about whether they would oppose the Government’s budget and it is now clear why as this submission basically plagiarises the Government’s plan.

“Enda Kenny as a Taoiseach in waiting believes that he should reduce his wages to €200,000 a year while he believes that social welfare recipients can take a cut of €18 a week.

“There are no provisions to target inequalities top or to protect those at the bottom. It also contains no consideration of the impact of the proposed deflationary measures.

“Fine Gael’s response to the jobs crisis is to thrust 30,000 more people into unemployment.

“The proposal to raise the standard rate of VAT to 23% by 2013 is economically backward and will have a devastating effect on local businesses and employment in border Counties.

“The most shocking part of this submission is Fine Gael’s subservience to the 2014 deadline which the European Commission has already accepted is unrealistic for Ireland. Not only have Fine Gael subscribed to the €15 billion in cuts but they have reinforced their policy to meet the Stability and Growth Pact by 2014, at a time when the future of the State has been mortgaged to bail out banks.

“This shows complete irresponsibility.

“If the Fine Gael party is to lead the next Government we will continue on the same track that Fianna Fáil has led us on and people should be worried.” ENDS

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