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Fine Gael’s economic plan benefits the wealthy while imposing further taxes on minimum wage workers - Pearse Doherty TD

4 February, 2016 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Responding to the publication of Fine Gael’s long term economic plan Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said Fine Gael’s economic plans have been all over the place since Sinn Féin exposed the problem with their figures.

Deputy Doherty said under their economic plan the Taoiseach will benefit by €12,000 a year while while minimum wage workers are brought into the PRSI net.

Deputy Doherty said;

“It is clear that Fine Gael has been caught out as their figures don’t add up.  Their economic plans have been all over the place since Sinn Féin exposed this.

“Yesterday Enda Kenny couldn’t answer the questions on the hole in their election promises.  He then failed to show up for the first leaders interview of the campaign on the 6-1 News yesterday evening.

“Since then Michael Noonan has completely watered down his plan for a rainy day fund.

“Today Micheal Noonan attacked Sinn Féin to divert attention away from their flip flop on finance.

“Fine Gael believe that by repeating their election slogan will make it true. However struggling families know the reality of Fine Gael. They are facing water charges and property taxes, paying the excessive costs of childcare and extortionate mortgages and rents.

“Fine Gael plans will now give massive tax breaks to the wealthy while imposing additional taxes on the struggling families.  The Taoiseach will benefit by over €12,000 euros, while minimum wage workers are brought into the PRSI net.  

“Sinn Féin will give struggling families a break by scrapping the water charges and the property tax, by taking 277,000 people out of the USC net and by providing the necessary investment for public services to deal with the chaos in our health services and our housing sector and providing affordable childcare.”

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