FF budget proposals – dishonest politics
Speaking in response to Fianna Fail’s proposals for Budget 2012 Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty accused the party of “dishonest politics”.
Deputy Doherty said:
“Fianna Fail launched their proposals for Budget 2013 today. Fourteen of the 41 named measures were proposed in one form or another by Sinn Féin when Fianna Fail was last in government.
Micheal Martin’s government opposed each of these measures when they had the opportunity to implement them.
“When in power Fianna Fail opposed calls by Sinn Féin to standardise pension tax relief, tax high earners more and reduce bankers and hospital consultants pay. Now in opposition they appear to have had a Road to Damascus conversion on these issues.
“But when you scratch beneath the dishonest politics the true face of Fianna Fail is clear for all to see. Thirteen of the proposals today would hit those on low incomes hardest and result in loss of jobs.
“Cutting capital expenditure will mean fewer schools, fewer hospitals, less jobs and less tax revenue. Cutting social welfare payments such as rent supplement and free travel and increasing prescription charges for medical card holders will hit those in greatest need hardest.
“Fianna Fail’s u-turn on property tax is breath-taking in its hypocrisy. In 2010 Fianna Fail included a property tax in their agreement with the Troika. In their 2012 budget proposals Fianna Fail advocated the introduction of a property tax for this year. Yet while still supporting the tax in principle now that they see how unpopular such a move was they are claiming that the time is not right for the introduction of this tax. What this tells us is that Fianna Fail simply can’t be trusted on taxation.
“Today’s budget proposals show that Fianna Fail is still speaking out of both sides of its mouth. On the one hand they are advocating some good policies that they steadfastly opposed when in Government. On the other hand they are proposing cuts that will hurt low and middle income families.
“This is the same old Fianna Fail that brought the economy to the brink of collapse in 2010. While low and middle income families have much to fear in these proposals Michael Martin’s colleagues Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen will remain unaffected as they will continue to draw down their lavish ministerial pensions as Fianna Fail does not include any proposals to reduce their lavish payments.”