Mícheál Martin’s latest musings on USC smack of hypocrisy - Pearse Doherty TD
Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said Fianna Fáil Leader Mícheál Martin’s latest musings on the USC smack of hypocrisy.
Teachta Doherty was speaking today after reading the soft interview the Fianna Fáil leader done with the Irish Independent in which he was given space to attack An Taoiseach Enda Kenny for his position on the USC despite having an almost identical position.
“We are getting very used to Fianna Fail’s U-turns and a general lack of coherence as they struggle to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds but Micheal Martin attacking Fine Gael over their USC policy is the most far-fetched Fianna Fáil position so far.
“Without even a hint of irony Mícheál Martin has called for honesty in the debate about the USC despite having an almost identical position as Fine Gael on the issue.
“Next week in the Dáil Fianna Fáil will row up behind Fine Gael and vote for a reduction in USC. Fianna Fail’s manifesto committed to abolish USC for 90% of taxpayers. Both parties, despite the talk of Brexit and public pay pressure, are committed to the most reckless hollowing out of the tax base unseen since the days of Charlie Mc Creevy.
“The reality is that Fianna Fáil’s position on the USC is equally as ridiculous as Fine Gael’s. They are both populist positions designed to win votes in the election and neither are in the land of reality, to use Mícheál’s own phrase.
“Like water charges or the Help to Buy scheme Fianna Fáil are trying to have it both ways. They supported the Budget that started the process of abolishing the USC in this term. If Fine Gael are in Fantasy Land then Fianna Fáil are right next door in Denial World.
“Only Sinn Féin have rejected the tax cutting approach that as we know from Department of Finance briefings would be regressive, narrow the tax base and would be of limited or no benefit to lower earners.
“Fianna Fáil are in favour of using what precious little fiscal space we have on tax cuts costing billions while our hospitals and public services face crisis after crisis. That is a fact even Fianna Fáil can’t deny.”