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Government's reckless budget choices starting to unwind - David Cullinane TD

6 February, 2017 - by David Cullinane TD


David Cullinane TD, Sinn Fein Spokesperson for Public Expenditure and Reform, said that reports of drastic reductions across all departments shows the folly of Fine Gael's tax-cutting budget and opens up serious questions around the competency of Ministers Donohoe and Noonan.

Deputy Cullinane said:

"Last October the government was warned not to cut USC at this time. It went ahead and did it anyway. We now see the results of this folly.

“This government refuses to invest in public services, focusing only on undermining the tax base at a time when we have critical pressures in health, housing and education.

“Sinn Féin, in its alternative budget, was able to show that it is possible to invest in housing and address the issue of equal work for equal pay.

“Every budget decision needs to be funded. That is just a basic rule.

“I have consistently asked the minister to show us how he would fund the measures the Minister and his colleagues have announced since the start of the new year.

“I got no answer until it was leaked to the newspapers today.

“This government overspent in the previous budget through its destablising tax-cutting agenda.

“At the same time Minister Donohoe refuses to answer questions put to him by the Budgetary Scrutiny Committee.

“This government is serving from press launch to press launch, doing damage along the way.

“We need a real alternative in government. Only Sinn Féin can provide that alternative."

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