Finance Minister pours cold water on Taoiseach’s commitment to scrap the USC – Peadar Tóibín TD
Comments by Micheal Noonan in the Dáil this morning in which he said it was not his party’s position that USC would be abolished for everybody and that Fine Gael will claw back much of what will be abolished represent and early backtracking on Enda Kenny’s key election commitment according to Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín TD.
Deputy Tóibín said;
“For weeks the Taoiseach and Fine Gael have been repeating their election promise to end the USC.
“Today in the Dáil the Finance Minister has confirmed that USC won’t be abolished for all and that there will be ways of ‘clawing back’ what is cut. This is a far cry from the budget day commitment and Enda Kenny’s repeated promises to abolish USC.
“Previously the Fine Gael approach has been to backtrack on their elections promises, while in government. This appears to be a first in that they have backtracked on their main election promise before the election has even been called.
“The proposal to end USC for all, would take €20billion out of health, education and garda and other public spending over five years.
“It would disproportionately benefit high earners. It is unfair and unachievable.
“For Sinn Féin the way to ease the tax burden on working families is by scrapping the water charges and the family home tax and taking 277,000 workers out of the USC net.”