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Fine Gael makes the ‘fastest fiscal flip-flop’ of the election campaign - McDonald

4 February, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD


Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has accused Fine Gael of making it up as they go along after Michael Noonan abandoned his plans for a rainy day fund when it became clear that their figures don’t add up.

Deputy McDonald said this is the fastest fiscal flip-flop of the election campaign and shows the true face of Fine Gael - tax breaks for the wealthy and tax increases for working families.

Deputy McDonald said this announcement is a direct result of Sinn Féin exposing Fine Gael’s figures as being completely dishonest.

Speaking this morning Deputy McDonald said;

“The reality is that Fine Gael were spoofing on their figures and Sinn Féin called them on it.  They are now in disarray and the announcement that they are to drop their rainy day fund is a direct result of them being exposed by Sinn Féin.

“They are now making it up as they go along.

“Sinn Féin wants an honest debate.  Fine Gael must realised that they cannot promise massive tax breaks for the wealthy while promising to invest in public services.

“They have had five years to invest in public services and they haven’t done it.  They cannot be trusted to do it now.

“Sinn Féín has a plan to use the available resources to resolve the crisis in our health services, to deal with the housing and homelessness crisis and to invest in affordable childcare.

“We would give struggling workers a break by scrapping to the water charges, the property tax and take 277,000 workers out of the USC net.”

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