Noonan’s claims on Budget 2013 are dishonest – Doherty
Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has described as “dishonest” claims made today by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan that a no vote would make next year’s budget tougher.
Deputy Doherty said:
“Michael Noonan’s claim today that a no vote on May 31st would make next year’s budget tougher is simply untrue. The Minister’s claims are dishonest.
“The headline targets for next year’s budget have already been agreed by the Government and the Troika.
“If the Government downgrades its own growth forecasts again it will be because of its failed economic policy, not the outcome of the referendum.
“Austerity is blocking a return to growth. We are officially back in recession. The Government has been forced to downgrade its growth forecasts for 2012 four times in the last twelve months.
“The reason for this is clear, austerity at home hurts the domestic economy and austerity across the EU hurts our export sector. The Austerity Treaty seeks to impose even greater levels of austerity at home and across the EU in the years ahead which will be bad for jobs and bad for growth.
“A strong no vote this Thursday will strengthen the hands of those at home and abroad arguing against austerity and for jobs and growth.”