Varadkar should bring his opinions on property tax and recession to the Cabinet: Doherty
Sinn Féin finance spokesperson, Pearse Doherty TD, has said that if Minister Leo Varadkar believes that property tax and other budgetary measures are feeding the recession then he should bring those concerns to the cabinet.
Deputy Doherty said:
“Minister Vardakas’s comments today on Morning Ireland are incredible. He quite correctly describes yesterday’s economic figures from the CSO as “bad” but goes on to say ‘they reflect both a fall in exports due to recessions elsewhere but also a lack of domestic demand in Ireland and you know the budget measures, like the property tax for example, contribute to that’.
“I welcome this realisation from the minister that the government’s austerity measures are not working and I call on Minister Varadkar to bring this opinion to the cabinet table.
“We are over two years into the term of this government and the country is back in recession. Emigration is sky-high and unemployment especially among our young is chronically bad. Nearly one in four mortgage holders are in mortgage distress and this government is moving to make repossessions a fact of life in modern day Ireland.
“Sinn Fein has argued that a change in direction is needed and that people need to be given a break from austerity and that budget targets need to be met in a fairer way.
“That is the view we will be putting to the government as they prepare the budget and I call on other Ministers to follow Minister Varadkar in accepting the damage austerity budgets have done and to make this year’s budget a fairer one which scraps the Family Home Tax.”