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"A cynical and opportunistic budget" - David Cullinane TD

11 October, 2016 - by David Cullinane TD

David Cullinane TD, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform, today lambasted the government for a cynical and opportunistic budget designed to mask tax breaks for the better-off in our society.

Deputy David Cullinane TD said:

“This budget is a masterclass in spin.

“The government announced today figures that includes monies that have already been spent.

“Incredibly, it then announced schemes for which no money has been allocated.

“The budget today is in stark contrast to the alternative budget that Sinn Féin announced last week.

“This was an opportunity to put things right.

“Fine Gael, along with Fianna Fail and the Independent Alliance, failed to deliver.

“The challenges that are faced by our communities and our economy cannot be tackled by the establishment parties and their hanger-ons.

“They are not capable of seeing past the sound-bite economics that brought so much boom and bust to the past.

“Nor do they understand that real, targeted investment in our society and our economy is essential to Ireland’s future.

“Sinn Fein believes in the future.

“It believes in public services and public investment.

“We know that in order for our economy to grow and for our  communities to thrive, we have to start tackling the serious issues surrounding housing, health, education, transport, flood relief and roads.

“This budget will be passed tonight because the government will not be short on numbers in the chamber.

“It is, however, short on ideas.

“Only Sinn Féin can deliver the alternative to the two conservative parties that are more interested in protecting their own interests than those of our fellow citizens.”

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