First shots of the election little more than a damp squib - Doherty
Sinn Féin TD and Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty has branded the government’s Spring Statement as little more than a government press release, full of promises rather than plans. He continued to say that there is a deep deficit of fairness in how this government handled the economic crisis, both in recession and recovery.
Deputy Doherty said:
“The Irish people have learned a lot in recent years. They know the difference between a plan and promises made by a deeply unpopular government scrambling after four years of brutal government.
“This is, and the facts show it, a remarkably unfair and regressive government. They were unfair in recession, and they will be even more unfair in recovery. They are not capable of bringing about a fair recovery. They don’t know the meaning of fairness. People have been sacrificed rather than having made sacrifices.
“A fair recovery could start today with a commitment to abolish Irish Water and water charges. That is what Sinn Fein would do. A fair recovery would mean the end of the Family Home Tax. A fair recovery must mean an end to pushing more and more of the tax burden onto the narrow shoulders of struggling families.
“Sinn Fein have a positive vision for this society and economy. We would get rid of bad and unfair austerity taxes like Water Charges and the Family Home tax, but the most radical thing we would do is keep our promises.
“Sinn Fein says there is a better way. We can invest in the future. We can have a fair recovery. We say build an Ireland for all its citizens. That is not possible under Fine Gael and Labour. They were unfair in recession and their plan for recovery is unfair. They do not have it in them to be fair, we know because we have lived under them for four years.”