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Taxes spent on military should go to public services - McKay

5 June, 2015

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said taxes allocated to British military spending should be diverted towards public services such as health and education. 

The Sinn Féin economic spokesperson said; 

"According to the Finance Department's own figures we subsidise British military spending to the tune of £1.1 billion. 

"I do not believe that our taxes are best spent on Trident and British wars but would be better spent on hospitals and public services. 

"Given the current difficulties we are facing there needs to be a debate on whether this is the best way the public would like to see their taxes spent. 

"Britain is the fifth highest in the world in terms of military spend so there is clearly capacity for a reduction in this area to fund the shortfall in public service funding we now face. 

"People in the North want to see investment in health, education and protecting the vulnerable. Exorbitant spending on weaponry and nuclear missiles is not on their list of priorities and should not be forced to pay for these." 

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