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No tax economy, legacy of FF/PD support for the wealthy

22 October, 2004


Sinn Féin spokesperson on Finance, Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin TD, has described news that a number of people on earnings of over €1 million per year pay no tax at all as "concrete evidence, if evidence was needed, of the shameful legacy of Charlie McCreevy and Mary Harney in both the Department of Finance and the Department of Enterprise and Trade over the last seven years".

Deputy Ó Caoláin said, "PAYE workers can rightly feel aggrieved today after it was confirmed that a large number of millionaires and other high earners pay no tax at all according the Department of Finance.

"As public services continue to crack and crumble under the pressure of poor financial resources, this revelation is concrete evidence, if evidence was needed, of the shameful legacy of Mary Harney and Charlie McCreevy in both the Department of Finance and the Department of Enterprise and Trade over the last seven years.

"While they pontificated about the need for a low-tax economy what was really operating for their super rich friends was a no-tax economy. It is absolutely sickening to constantly be lectured to on economics by the likes of Mary Harney and her PD colleagues and fifth columnists in Fianna Fáil. This admission alone exposes the flawed, selfish and ultimately dangerous economic policies of the PDs, who are clearly the driving force behind the Government.

"If everybody paid their fair share then our public services would not be in the state they are in. People would not be dying for want of a hospital bed; schools would not be rundown and overcrowded; parents would not want for adequate childcare facilities and we would not have endless housing waiting lists.

"It takes political will to tackle the vested interests in this country and that is something this Government is seriously lacking in."ENDS

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