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Sinn Fein right to reject water Charges and stand for fairness in tax - Doherty

27 November, 2014 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said Sinn Féin was right to vote against the regressive Finance Bill last night.

Deputy Doherty said:

“I and my Sinn Féin colleagues were right to vote against a regressive Finance Bill which favours the better off and does nothing to deal with lifting the burden of water charges and the family home tax.

“At the Committee Stage of the Finance Bill, I tabled more amendments than all other opposition TDs combined. No Labour Party TD was present throughout the fourteen hours of discussion. These amendments included abolishing Water Charges, abolishing the Local Property Tax and removing 296,000 low earners from the minimum wage.  The government rejected or did not even allow a discussion on these amendments which is why we rejected this Finance Bill.

“In the Finance Bill that passed last night somebody on the Taoiseach’s salary got a tax break of €747 while somebody on €30,000 got less than a quarter of that. It also allows for people who were involved in deliberate high level tax avoidance to have interest reduced and surcharges scrapped and for certain people earning €1,000,000 to pay €111,000 less tax while those earning less than €30,000 will have their tax decrease wiped out by water charges.”

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