Taoiseach ignores impact of austerity - Adams
Responding to remarks by Taoiseach Enda Kenny to business leaders in Dublin last night, Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams said:
"Mr Kenny has failed to indicate any easing off of austerity in next month’s budget. But it is clear that €3.1 billion in cuts and taxes will destroy any hope of economic growth. The government needs to change direction.
"Significantly, the Taoiseach made no mention whatsoever of the very damaging impact of successive austerity budgets on families and communities.
“Austerity is resulting in misery for many lower and middle income families. Child benefit has been cut; carers and citizens with disabilities have seen their allowances slashed; and a whole range of stealth taxes have been introduced.
"This government has also failed to adequately address the issue of homeowners in mortgage distress
“The economy has stagnated resulting in unprecedented levels of emigration, high unemployment, increased poverty and debt.
"Sinn Féin recognises the importance of this state emerging from the bailout. But the objective of government policy must be to stimulate growth, create employment and support struggling families.
"This requires investment, fair and progressive taxation and the introduction of equality proofing in budgetary decision making."