Sinn Féin’s alternative budget is grounded in the republican principles of fairness and equality - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams today launched his party’s alternative budget entitled ‘Delivering a Fair Recovery’.
Speaking at the launch Teachta Adams said Sinn Féin would put between €600 and €2,000 back into the pockets of the average worker, depending on their wage and family circumstances.
Teachta Adams said;
“In each budget Sinn Féin has offered alternatives that are costed and fair. They will promote growth.
“Fine Gael and Labour are wedded to unfair austerity policies. Workers on average wages, families, elderly and young people have paid the cost with unfair taxes, emigration and wage and welfare cuts.
“Since entering Government Fine Gael and the Labour Party have picked up where Fianna Fáil left off – targeting families and vulnerable citizens for cruel cuts and unfair taxes like water charges and the family home tax.
“Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget proposals are about delivering a Fair Recovery.
“Sinn Féin seeks to ease the burden on the average worker including the self-employed and farmers. We propose tackling unfair tax reliefs and asking the top 5% who earn the most to pay their fair share
“We would invest €1.7bn in public expenditure prioritising health, education and childcare and delivering more gardaí, nurses, midwives, and teachers. This includes investing in disability services and supports.
“We also propose an ambitious additional capital expenditure programme of €400m
“Sinn Féin would put between €600 and €2,000 back into the pockets of the average worker, depending on their wage and family circumstances.
“We would do this by abolishing the family home tax, stopping domestic water charges, removing over 100 000 workers out of the USC, expanding access to childcare, reducing the cost of healthcare, and assisting with education costs.
“We would support and encourage SMEs and entrepreneurs through the introduction of the self-employed tax credit, the provision of seed capital and other measures
"Our proposals would increase funding to build social houses and to tackle the homeless crisis.
“Workers and families will be better off with Sinn Féin. Beidh an lucht oibre agus teaghlaigh níos fearr as le Sinn Féin.
“We want a recovery that is fair and that benefits all sections of Irish society.
“The crises in health and housing are a direct result of government policy. Sinn Fein’s budget for 2016 is pursuing a very different policy, a fair policy.
“The budget proposals being launched here today are grounded firmly in the republican principles of fairness and equality for all citizens.
“I will now hand you over to a Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD who will bring us through the detail of the document.”