Ó Broin slams Dowds’ Dishonesty
Sinn Féin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has accused Labour TD Robert Dowds of ‘dishonesty’ following claims made by the Government TD about Sinn Féin in a Labour Party leaflet. Ó Broin said that ‘having lied to get into Government Robert Dowds and his party are now telling more lies in a desperate attempt to stay in Government.’
Cllr Ó Broin said:
‘I am very flattered to have been given so much space in Robert Dowd’s most recent constituency leaflet. Deputy Dowds even managed to include a photograph of me in his publication.
‘Unfortunately for the deputy his leaflet is dishonest in the extreme.
‘Having lied to get into Government Robert Dowds and his party are now telling more lies in a desperate attempt to stay in Government.
‘Thankfully the electorate are smart enough to see through Deputy Dowds dishonesty.
‘Deputy Dowds wrongly claims that Sinn Féin is opposed to easing the tax burden on low and middle income earners. He also claims that Sinn Féin education Minister in the Stormont Assembly is about to sack 1,700 teachers.
‘Both of these claims are false.
‘Cuts to the budget in Belfast are being imposed by the Tory Government in London. Sinn Féin is campaigning against these cuts and is seeking to protect the existing education budget. No teachers have been sacked by Education Minister John O’Dowd. In fact Sin Féin have recently secured increased funds to invest in school building programmes.
‘On the issue of taxation Sinn Féin has consistently called for an easing of taxation on low and middle income families.
‘We opposed Fine Gael and Labour’s last Finance Bill because it was a tax giveaway for high earners. According to the Government funded Economic and Social Research Institute the real benefit of the last budget went to the top 10% of earners while the bottom 60% actually lost out.
‘Since taking office Fine Gael and Labour have significantly increased the tax burden on lower earners. Deputy Dowds along with his Government colleagues has voted for the Property Tax, Water Charges, VAT and motor tax hikes, increased tax on alcohol and the abolition of the PRSI ceiling.
‘These measures have significantly increased the tax burden on low and middle income earners. Meanwhile Fine Gael and Labour have given generous tax breaks to high earners.
‘Sinn Féin wants to increase the tax take as a percentage of GDP so that Government has the revenue to invest in job creation and improved public services. Fine Gael and Labour want to reduce the overall tax take by giving cash back to the wealthy while cutting funding to front line services.
‘That is why our schools are overcrowded and our hospital accident and emergency departments are creaking at the seams.
‘If Deputy Dowds wants to help hard pressed families he should support the abolition of the property tax and water charges and support Sinn Féin’s call for the introduction of a third rate of income tax on high earners and a wealth tax.’ ENDS