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Simon Harris ‘just plain wrong’ on Sinn Féin Budget proposals – Doherty

28 October, 2015 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has responded to criticism of his party’s Budget proposals by Simon Harris.

Speaking today, Deputy Doherty said:

“Simon Harris is right on one aspect. There is a clear choice emerging in the coming election but there is no need for him to lie about it. On everything else, he is just plain wrong.

“It is a choice between a government who, in the most recent Budget, gave €181m in tax breaks to the highest 14% of earners and a government that protects low and middle income earners, invests in public services and asks those who can afford to pay more to do so.

“If Simon had bothered to read our alternative budget, he would have seen that we have a range of measures included to assist the self-employed. Furthermore, he is wrong when he says that a self-employed individual earning €35,000 would be worse off under Sinn Féin.

“This is because he once again deliberately ignores the fact that we would abolish the water tax and the family home tax.  The fact is that this individual would be better off with an average of €1,004 back in their pockets as opposed to €927 under Fine Gael and Labour.

“Some 50% of earners in this state earn less than €28,500 yet Simon chooses as an example a salary of nearly twice that and again he ignores the fact that a married couple with a single income of €55,000 would benefit through the abolition water and family home taxes, increased child benefit, a tax credit if their child attends the Gaeltacht and a reduction of €500 in the third level contribution fee – not to mention the provision of quality public services.

“He talks about being determined to protect the middle with its taxation policies while completely ignoring the fact that his government has introduced two regressive stealth taxes that affect low and middle income earners disproportionately.

“Where Fine Gale and Labour do outperform Sinn Féin is, unashamedly, in regards to tax relief for high earners who the rewarded to the tune of €902 a year each while an individual on €25,000 gets around €4 a week in relief under this government.

“That is the clear choice that is emerging for voters as we get closer to the election.” 

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