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Investing in public services needs to be prioritised for Budget 2018 – Gerry Adams TD

16 September, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD has today said that investment into public services is essential for the upcoming budget if we are to fix the crises faced in housing, health and other areas.

Speaking today, Deputy Adams said:

 “As we face into the coming budget, it is clear that Taoiseach Leo Varadkar favours tax cuts over essential public services.

“We also have the Fianna Fáil leadership calling for tax breaks for their old friends the property developers. Fianna Fáil is set to support a budget that will include tax cuts, while 8,000 citizens are in homeless accommodation including 3,000 children.

“Citizens are again facing into a winter of increased trolley waits and crisis in the health care and both of these parties are considering tax cuts with funds that should go to build homes, and end waiting lists.

“The policies of successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil governments have created the homeless and health crisis. The current partnership between the two has deepened and sustained the crisis.

“Both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil opposed rent certainty measures and due to Sinn Féin pressures, limited reforms have now been put in place. 

“Last year, Fine Gael opposed Pearse Doherty’s proposal to repurpose NAMA to develop social housing. This is now belatedly under consideration.

“This Bill would have changed the remit of NAMA and the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund to invest in the economy to empower them to contribute more to the development of social housing and affordable housing within the State.

“The crisis in housing requires urgent action. Resources available to the State such as NAMA need to be activated in a strategic manner to create a supply of social and affordable housing.

“Sinn Féin has and will continue to bring forward solutions and an alternative budget."

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