Doherty sets out Sinn Féin’s plan for a Fair Recovery and long-term economic growth
Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty this morning set out Sinn Féin’s plan to deliver a fair recovery and long-term economic growth. Sinn Féin’s plan involves creating 250,000 new jobs, ensuring decent work for decent pay and a €10 billion investment in public services and tackling the housing crisis.
He said that “since the start of this campaign, Michael Noonan has been trying to con the electorate. He lied in week one, he lied in week two and he’s lying again today.”
Deputy Doherty said:
“The Irish people need a recovery that is fair and sustainable. The current recovery is neither. The Government talks about stability, but the reality is we have chaos in the hospitals, chaos in housing, chaos on the streets, record levels of homelessness. No amount of repetition of the word stability will make it real to all those families living with the impact of Fine Gael’s chaotic policies.
“Fine Gael were badly exposed in relation to public finances at the start of the election campaign and are gambling with the future by trying to take us back to the short term reckless boom and bust policies of Fianna Fáil.
“Since the start of this campaign, Michael Noonan has been trying to con the electorate. He lied in week one, he lied in week two, and he’s lying again today.
“In week one, he got it wrong by €2 billion. In week two, he got it wrong by over €1 billion, and today he’s got it wrong by up to than half a billion.
“The reality is that Michael Noonan’s figures don’t add up and their policies will mean more chaos in health, more chaos in housing and more chaos in rural Ireland.
“Fine Gael’s policies are anti-family. For the last five years, they increased charges on everything families really need – your home, your water, your prescriptions, your education – leaving many very little to live on.
“And if they get back into government, it will be worse because they have given away almost all of the money available to tax breaks that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.
“We want to put the needs of working families at the top of the agenda.
“Sinn Féin’s plan for a fair recovery and long-term economic growth involves creating 250,000 new jobs, ensuring decent work for decent pay and a €10 billion investment in public services and tackling the housing crisis.
We will implement a plan to create 250,000 jobs over the next five years by delivering sustainable growth and significant investment in infrastructure and public services
We will deliver decent work for decent pay – this means ensuring people have enough money to pay their rent, to pay childcare and that they have access to decent healthcare when they need it.
We will open up public procurement to small businesses and take a series of initiatives to address the historical regional imbalance in job creation.
We will increase the minimum wage and immediately make the public sector a living wage employer and introduce legislation to provide for Fair Hours contracts.
We will create a Border Economic Development Zone to harmonise trade and maximise returns for border business.
We will invest €10 billion in public services and addressing the housing crisis.
We will reduce the tax burden on every household by an average €500 by scrapping the property tax and water charges and see this money invested in local towns and villages.”