Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil agreement will further deteriorate public services
Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan has said the agreement between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, published this evening, can only lead to a further deterioration of public services.
Deputy Quinlivan said the 2:1 split between public spending and tax cuts will mean there will be an inadequate level of funding for our public services.
He went on to say that Fianna Fáil could not be trusted on the issue of water charges.
Deputy Quinlivan said;
“This plan will not solve the crisis in our health services. It will not adequately deal with the housing crisis. In fact the 2:1 split between public spending and tax cuts will mean there will be an inadequate level of funding for our public services which can only lead to further deterioration.
“We welcome the move to a five year HSE service plan but it is clear that there will not be adequate funds available to implement such a plan.
“On the issue of water charges Sinn Féin’s position is clear, water charges have been given their marching orders by the voting public and they need to be abolished. People did not vote for suspension.
“But it is clear that Fianna Fáil cannot be trusted on this issue. If they genuinely wanted water charges gone for good then they would not have opposed the taking of the anti-water charges motion in the Dáil when Sinn Féin put it down for debate.
“The motion was specifically designed to accommodate Fianna Fáil’s stated policy on water charges but they colluded with Fine Gael to prevent it from being debated in the Dáil. So much for the new politics we keep hearing them talking about.”