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Fine Gael and Labour have no long term economic plan – Adams

4 February, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams has criticised Fine Gael and Labour for claiming credit for an economic recovery for which they were not responsible.

Gerry Adams said:

“The economy is benefitting at this time from global factors such as favourable exchange rates, oil prices and quantitative easing.

“Real economic growth has been driven by Irish SMEs and by Irish workers who have faced severe pay cuts.

“Fine Gael and Labour have no real, long term plan. Their political opportunism is based on boom and bust economics. 

“Their election promise to end the USC will disproportionately benefit the well off. The Taoiseach will be better off by around €12,000.

“They will give away half the money that should go to ending the chaos in health, introducing free GP care and prescriptions and building homes.

“Sinn Féin will secure the recovery and make it a fair and equitable. We will support jobs growths across the regions including rural Ireland, support young people into work, SMEs and FDI and invest in the economy.

“Sinn Féin will deliver a fair recovery by scrapping Water Charges, family home tax and taking 277,000 low paid workers out of USC. We will also invest in health, housing and childcare.

“Our proposals are prudent and responsible. We will use the current fiscal space to invest in health, housing and childcare. This will promote and sustain growth.

“Sinn Féin will secure the recovery and make it a fair one.” 

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