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Adams calls for a Fair Budget

8 October, 2013 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said his party’s budget submission, launched today, shows that there is a fair way to reduce the deficit.

Sinn Fein’s alternative Budget will reduce tax on families, protect public services and invest in jobs.

Deputy Adams said;

“Austerity isn’t working.  The government’s priority in this budget should be to protect citizens rather than meeting European diktats.

 “Some 415,000 people are on the live register while 300,000 emigrated in the last four years.

“There are 49,000 people waiting for hospital treatments.  

“One in ten children are living in consistent poverty with 47% of households living on less than €100 a month after bills.

“There are 90,000 households languishing on social housing lists while 180,000 households are in mortgage distress.

“This will be the seventh austerity budget from Fianna Fáil and this government which together will have taken €30 billion out of the economy.

“People need a break.  Sinn Féin’s alternative budget reduces the tax burden on ordinary families, protects public services and invests in jobs.

“Our proposal identifies measures that will allow for a €2.453 million adjustment.

“It sets out measures to assist job creation; small and medium businesses, the agriculture sector and people in mortgage distress and it emphasis Sinn Féin’s commitment to equality budgeting.

“The government is now claiming that its adjustment will be €2.5 billion. The difference between our proposals and theirs is that Sinn Féin’s alternative achieves this is a fair and equitable way.

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