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Deliberate policies of underinvestment have seen citizens suffer – Cullinane

5 January, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform David Cullinane TD today criticised the ongoing crisis in our public services, saying that the Government’s budgetary choices are the source of the problem.

Deputy Cullinane said:

“The crisis in housing and health care was predictable. When you prioritise tax cuts for the better off over investment in public services, the majority of citizens suffer.

“All the crocodile tears in the world will not take away from the fact that current Government policy protects the elites, vested interests and high earners.

“What type of society is it that cannot provide a roof over people’s heads or a hospital bed for the sick and frail.

“Decades of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments have protected the elites, vested interests and high earners at the expense of the working majority.

“In the Government’s Budget 2017, the additional capital spend was only €400 million. The Government blew the chance to take advantage of one of the few opportunities to avail of flexibility.

“Sinn Féin saw the advantage. We proposed a capital spend of €1.2 billion, which would have used up €400 million of the fiscal space available. That would have allowed money to be allocated for flood relief measures, road projects, hospitals, schools and the supply of housing. Instead, the Government delivered a budget for the elite, vulture funds and monied interests.

“This is about class interests, and to service the one percent the Government is shafting ordinary working people. We need to wise up, mobilise, and fight back in ever increasing numbers.” 

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