Budget 2014: An unfair budget – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD commenting ahead of today’s budget said: “Finance Minister Michael Noonan has described today’s budget as a ‘tough budget’. We don’t have sight of the detail but going on the appalling record of this Fine Gael and Labour government this will be an unfair budget.”
Speaking from Leinster House this morning Deputy Adams said;
“There are many people across the state who are extremely worried about how they will be affected by today’s budget.
“Judging by government leaks and spin to the media it would seem that the young unemployed, the elderly, working mothers and those in need of medical cards are to be punished.
“This government, like its Fianna Fáil predecessor, has embraced forced emigration as a policy choice. Punitive measures against the young unemployed will actively encourage yet more young people to leave.
“There are other choices that Fine Gael and Labour could make.
“Last week Sinn Féin set out our alternative which shows how the deficit can be reduced without hitting the least well off.
“But this government is locked into austerity and that means forcing those who can least afford it to carry the burden of cuts and taxes.”