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Minister Reilly must explain Fine Gael position on the USC- Louise O’ Reilly

15 January, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Sinn Féin’s Dublin Fingal Candidate, Louise O’Reilly, has called on Minister Reilly to explain to voters what the Fine Gael position is on the USC.

O’Reilly said;

“Fine Gael has made a u-turn on its pledge to abolish the USC for everyone. The Finance Minister and the Taoiseach seem to be at odds on this matter and it is time for the party to clarify where it stands on this issue.

 “The proposal to end USC for all, would take €20 billion out of health and education and other vital public spending over five years.

How will Children’s Minister James Reilly address the fact that nearly 6,000 child protection cases awaiting assignment to social workers in Ireland with substantially less funding in the government pot?

How will he ensure that 1,500 children do not remain in emergency accommodation with €20 billion less in government coffers?”

O’Reilly added:

“Furthermore how could he justify to his constituents that abolishing this tax would disproportionately benefit high earners. For example, someone earning €20k is €393 better off, while the Taoiseach on a salary of €183k is €12,210 better off.

Sinn Féin is for fair taxation and investment in public services.

We would instead ease the tax burden on working families by taking 277,000 workers out of the USC net where anyone earning up to €19,572 would be entirely exempt from the measure.  We would also scrap the regressive property and water taxes.

We are very clear on our fiscal measures, government parties aren't quite so transparent.”

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