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Sinn Féin’s realistic and progressive economic plan is needed more than ever - Doherty

5 January, 2015 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin’s Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said the party’s realistic and progressive economic plan is needed more than ever. Deputy Doherty was responding to comments from the Labour and Fine Gael leaders.

Deputy Doherty said:

“As the election approaches it is predictable that the government parties have returned to lazy clichés and meaningless sound bites rather than engage with the actual proposals Sinn Féin are putting forward.

“Perhaps the Tánaiste and Labour Party can spell out her party’s criticism of our commitment to abolish water charges or of asking people earning over €100,000 to pay a bit more, or why removing those earning the minimum wage from the USC net is so crazy.

“This government have lost the trust of the public in economic matters and it won’t be regained through empty attacks on Sinn Féin’s policy. The Labour Party stood over a budget that made the rich richer and the poor poorer. This has been independently verified by the ESRI. Cutting taxes or neutral budgets may be good sound bites but when "broadly neutral budget" means taking from the hardest pressed in society and giving it to the richest it is far from good. This government stands for unfair budgets and empty promises. This stands in sharp contrast to Sinn Fein’s progressive agenda.

“The only thing resembling a kamikaze is the Labour Party’s poll standings. That is the real reason this attack has taken place.

“We stand by our progressive and realistic alternative which would repair the damage done to our communities, rebuild our economy in a sustainable way and renew society. As usual the government’s criticism is high on hyperbole but empty on actual content. That is not good enough and the people have seen through it.”

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