Budget needs to be about tackling cost of living and investing in public services - Gerry Adams TD
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that Budget 2017 needs to be about tackling the cost of living crisis facing citizens and investing adequately in public services, not delivering tax breaks for the wealthy.
Teachta Adams said:
“Every year in the build-up to the budget, Sinn Féin offers proposals that are fully costed and fair, which at the same time promote economic growth and prosperity.
“The previous Fine Gael/Labour administration, like Fianna Fáil before them, chose to ignore our alternatives in pursuit of an unfair austerity agenda that heaped unfair taxes and charges, and wage and welfare cuts on average workers, families, the young, older citizens and those with disabilities.
“So-called ‘new politics’ has not changed much thus far.
“Given the opportunity to pursue fair and equitable policy choices in the current Dáil, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have chosen to vote against Sinn Féin proposals to scrap water charges, provide rent certainty for tenants, provide for banded hours contracts and deal with the issue of bin charge hikes - all positive measures that would ease the cost of living burden on citizens.
“However, Budget 2017 presents an opportunity for them to change tack and come around to a position of supporting fair and citizen-centred ideas, and work to deliver the increased investment in health and housing that is urgently required at this time.
“Sinn Féin’s budget proposals will be firmly grounded in the republican principles of fairness and equality, and will promote delivery for citizens and families, not provide wholesale tax cuts for the well-off. That is the choice at hand for other parties as well.”