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New Taoiseach opts for tax cuts over tackling health and housing crises - Pearse Doherty TD

14 September, 2017 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said Leo Varadkar’s talk of tax cuts in the upcoming budget for an undefined “middle” shows that he and his government are not serious about tackling the serious crises in health and housing.

Deputy Doherty said;

"The Taoiseach’s first budget next month will be a choice between cutting taxes or making the necessary investment to start properly tackling these issues. He cannot do both.

“Addressing his Fine Gael colleagues today, Taoiseach Varadkar presented a rehash of old failed policies of tax cuts above all else. Next month, he will face a choice. With limited fiscal space will he make the necessary investment in our public services or will he offer tax cuts for the people he thinks are the middle? He cannot do both.

“Today, we got our answer - tax cuts trump housing and health and always will for Fine Gael. The party that ran an election on the single issue of abolishing the USC is now scrambling around for new ideas having accepted defeat on that populist idea. But the leopard hasn’t changed it spots and tax cuts are again emerging as the only idea Fine Gael is offering.

“This is not a new era of progressive politics from Fine Gael. It is the same old Fine Gael backed by the same old Fianna Fáil promising policies that could potentially lead to another crash.

“The crises in housing and health are now a policy choice of Fine Gael and all those that sustain them in power. They are simply not serious about fixing these issues. Leo Varadkar has confirmed that stance today.”

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