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Pearse Doherty challenges Michael Noonan to a debate on the USC

19 February, 2016 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has challenged Minister Michael Noonan to debate him on the issue of scrapping the USC saying again that the Minister is using false figures.

Deputy Doherty said there is no point in the Finance Minister debating with Fianna Fáil on the issue as their position is almost identical to Fine Gael’s.

Speaking this morning Deputy Doherty said;

“Minister Noonan is using false figures and he knows it.  I have challenged him to publish his costing for a phased out abolition of the USC but he hasn’t.  I am now challenging him to debate me on the issue.

“Fine Gael debating Fianna Fáil on this issue is pointless as they are both on the same side.  Fianna Fáil has simply shifted its position slightly to make it look different.

“The reality is that they still want to starve public services of €3billion to pay for their cut to the USC while Fine Gael’s plan is worse as it will starve public services of €4billion.

“Sinn Féin has a completely different approach.  We would use that money to tackle the health and housing crises and to invest in affordable childcare and other essential public services.

“Minister Noonan should debate me on this issue rather than debating somebody who has a similar position to him on it.”

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