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Mac Lochlainn calls for investment, not USC cuts for the rich

14 July, 2016 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Sinn Féin Seanad spokesperson on Jobs & the Economy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn is calling for maximum investment in Public Services and Capital Projects and for Fine Gael to forget about abolishing the USC for the rich.

Speaking in the Seanad on the Summer Economic Statement, Mac Lochlainn said:

“At a time when we have an unprecedented housing crisis, a never-ending health crisis in our hospitals and little or no investment in public services over an 8 year period, directing €333m towards USC cuts for those that can afford to pay most are deeply irresponsible and wrong.

“Also creating a €3bn rainy day fund or in my eyes electoral slush fund is a kick in the teeth for front line staff, communities and families throughout the country who are crying out for investment and more resources on a daily basis.

“Fine Gael is following their Minority Government partners Fianna Fáil’s past efforts of looking after their rich buddies with tax cuts. Sinn Féin will fight and oppose these cuts every step of the way and defend ordinary working people.” 

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