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Government seeks to sustain the crisis in under-investment – Cullinane

21 June, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane said today that the Summer Economic Statement shows that this government is driven by the under-investment agenda that was rejected by the electorate.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“This year’s Summer Economic Statement was supposed to reflect a new politics. Instead, it is just reheated Fine Gael under-investment policies, this time supported by Independents with Fianna Fail standing in the wings.

“Despite the spin put on it by Minister Donohoe, we have been presented with tax cuts for the better-off over crucial investment in health, housing and infrastructure.

“This government’s policies have been rejected by the electorate but are now being facilitated by Fianna Fail through the back door.

“This is a recipe for more of the same. We will see a continuation of people made homeless, of people on trolleys, of crumbling schools and roads.

“It is very clear that the government is becoming isolated and marginalised.

“Groups as diverse as IBEC, ICTU, Social Justice Ireland, the EU Commission, TASC, NERI, ESRI, the Fiscal Advisory Board and others all recognise the depressed levels of capital investment in the economy and wider society.

“Sinn Féin shares this view.

“It is clear that the crisis in under-investment is not a high policy for this government who continue to make decisions that will simply exacerbate the situation.” 

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