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Taoiseach’s tax cut proposals are auction politics at its worst

20 December, 2015 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has accused the Taoiseach of engaging in auction politics of the worst kind.

Deputy Doherty was speaking today after reports that the Taoiseach wants to introduce an American style low tax system in Ireland.

He said;

“We are currently in the midst of a very serious housing crisis and a very serious crisis in our health services.  People are dying on our streets and people are languishing on trolleys in our hospital emergency departments.

“This did not come about by accident.  It is a result of the policies of this government and of the previous Fianna Fáil led government.

“The solution is to invest on our public services but that cannot be done on an American style tax system.  So what the Taoiseach is actually proposing is the continuation and further deterioration of the chaos in our public services.

“With American style taxes comes American style public services and we all know that healthcare in America is based on how much money a person has rather than the specific health needs of an individual.

“This will be the ideological battle in the upcoming election.  For the first time in the history of the state we have an alternative option that has the potential to take power.  Sinn Féín and the Right2Change group are offering serious investment in our public services, a fair tax system and a fair recovery.

“In the last two weeks Sinn Féin has put forward comprehensive, costed policies on, not only solving the health and housing crises but to provide quality services for our citizens in these areas.

“Enda Kenny’s tax proposals are auction politics at its worst.  They would destroy what is left of our public services and put our economy in danger once again.”


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