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Now is the time to Invest in our future - David Cullinane TD

30 September, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform, today launched the party’s alternative public capital investment plan for budget 2017.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“Ireland is at a crosswords. We need serious capital investment yet the minority Fine Gael/Independent government is committed to cuts in taxes and the further privatisation and the downgrading of essential services. The current level of public investment is simply too low to provide the housing, services and infrastructure that is so desperately needed.

"The need for public investment has been highlighted by groups and organisations as diverse as IBEC, ESRI, NERI, TASC, the EU Commission, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council and Social Justice Ireland.

"Sinn Féin is committed to a sustainable capital investment programme, one that sees housing, health. Education and transport as essential social and economic pillars. Our plan would bring public investment to 2.5% of gnp in 2017. This is the base from which to rebuild our society after the devastation of Fianna Fáil’s bank bailout and Fine Gael’s austerity agenda.

"Our plan is fully costed and fully achievable.

"This is about investing in people, in our economy, and in our communities. Now is the time to invest.”

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