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Fianna Fáil must be dizzy from their political somersaults – Stanley

23 November, 2012 - by Brian Stanley TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Environment, Community & Local Government, Brian Stanley TD, has today accused Fianna Fáil of political amnesia.

Responding to claims that Fianna Fáil are now opposed to property taxes and complaining about Water Charges, Deputy Stanley said;

“Fianna Fáil must be dizzy from their political somersaults. They have developed political amnesia. They now claim to be opposed to the government’s property tax and are complaining about the proposed water charges. Yet in their own four year plan 2011-2014, launched by Fianna Fáil in the dying days of the last government, they outlined that they would introduce a property tax and water charges.

“According to that plan they would raise €530 million from property taxes. That is over three times what the current government hopes to raise from the doomed household charge. In addition they claimed their water charges would raise €500m. Based on 1.05 million households this would amount to €500 per household annually.

“Fianna Fáil is attempting to reinvent itself in opposition. This simply won’t fool the public. Fianna Fáil brought this state to the edge of economic disaster. It was their policies and politics than led to the loss of our economic sovereignty and the bailing out of the banks. They are responsible for the destruction of this country.

“Their four year plan reads like a Fine Gael manifesto. Property taxes, water charges and attacks on low and middle income families continue to be the hall mark of bad government.

“These were introduced by Fianna Fáil in government and are currently being implemented with relish by Fine Gael & Labour. Fianna Fáil must come clean. They are the party of property taxes and water charges. No amount of spin can distract from these facts.”


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