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Ó Snodaigh accuses Fine Gael of mud-slinging

30 March, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh has accused Fine Gael’s Brian Hayes of resorting to a mud-slinging exercise in an effort to muddy the waters on his party’s stance on the disgraceful Universal Social Charge.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Fine Gael last night resorted to a mud-slinging exercise in an effort to muddy the waters on their stance on the disgraceful Universal Social Charge.

“Minister of State Brian Hayes had the cheek to reference the Democratic Programme of the First Dáil. That Programme made clear that the Government is bound to prioritise the Irish people, to make sure that first and foremost that our people’s needs are met.

“By refusing to abolish the Universal Social Charge Brian Hayes and his Government have fallen at the first hurdle – no one who truly believes in the principles of the Democratic Programme would stand over such an unfair and unjust tax.

“There would be no need for the Universal Social Charge if this Government would live up to the spirit of the first Dáil and make a political choice to tax the wealthy and harness our nation’s resources for the good of the people.

“Brian Hayes also accused my party of pursuing an austerity agenda in the 6 counties. That is a gross misrepresentation of the reality that is British rule. The key fiscal powers necessary to pursue our alternative plan for recovery have simply not been devolved. Hopefully if the Deputy is that concerned about the matter he will finally join with us in our efforts to end British rule.

“Fine Gael should spend less time slinging mud at Sinn Féin and more time living up to their supposed commitment to protect the poorest in society and abolish the Universal Social Charge.”

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