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Leo Varadkar preaching Fine Gael ideology to win leadership despite its damaging consequences - Pearse Doherty TD

15 March, 2017 - by Pearse Doherty TD


 Reacting to a call from Fine Gael Leadership contender Leo Varadkar for cuts in income tax to stem the exodus of health service workers, Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson said Fine Gael’s low tax, low spend ideology has led to the health crisis in the first place.

He said Minister Varadkar simply doesn’t get the fact that the main reasons for the exodus of health workers is their working environment, the crowded A&Es and the low pay and long hours.

Speaking today Teachta Doherty said;

“It is astonishing to hear the Minister for Social Protection prioritise tax cuts over spending.

“This is precisely the reason why we have a health crisis in the first place. It is precisely the reason why we have one of the lowest spend on public investment in the EU.

“This Government is wedded to tax cuts for the wealthy and, as a consequence, will tolerate growing health waiting lists and rising homelessness.

 “What this state needs is strong public investment to make us competitive and create jobs. We need to invest more in health, housing, education, transport and utilities. 

 “What we are seeing here is Leo Varadkar preaching Fine Gael’s low tax, low spend ideology in his bid for the Fine Gael leadership without a care in the world about the damage that ideology has done to the state already.

“Minister Varadkar simply doesn’t get the fact that the reasons for the exodus of health workers is their working environment, the crowded A&Es and the low pay and long hours.

 “If we want to fix our health and housing crises then we need investment.  We cannot do that if we continually hollow out our tax base as Leo Varadkar wants to do.

 “Sinn Féin has the solution to the health crisis. It will take serious investment, but it needs to be prioritised because we will not tolerate the current situation of our sick and elderly on hospital trolleys and more than 600,000 patients on our waiting lists many in chronic pain.”

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