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Sinn Féin supports rally for fairer alternative budget

24 November, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking from the anti-austerity rally in Dublin this afternoon the Sinn Féin spokesperson on social protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh echoed the protestors’ calls for a fairer alternative budget.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Citizens are justifiably angry and frightened at the prospect of yet another budget which is shaping up once again to target the least well off in society. The thousands of people protesting here today reflect that anger and fear.

“It is clear that austerity is not working and that an alternative is needed.

“Despite what the government says, there is an alternative to austerity. There are political choices to be made in terms of the upcoming budget.  The Sinn Féin budget document which was launched this week puts forward a clear alternative and a clear set of choices for Fine Gael and Labour. Among our proposals are a one percent wealth tax; the standardisation of discretionary tax reliefs; a cap on the salaries of high paid civil servants and cuts to politician’s pay and expenses. We also seek to ease the burden on struggling taxpayers by proposing such policies as increasing the fuel allowance season by six weeks; reinstating home-help hours and lifting the recruitment embargo to hire 3,500 frontline staff.

“So it is clear that there are alternatives and there are choices to be made. The government can continue to target low and middle income earners or it can implement the right policies which would ensure that those who have more pay more.”

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