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Fianna Fail-Fine Gael debate how to cut tax while health and housing crisis rumbles on – Doherty

18 September, 2017 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has called the Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael “disagreement” over how to cut taxes a sham fight. He said people on waiting lists for hospital treatment or waiting for an affordable home to be built will be disgusted as the two parties argue over what is the best way to cut taxes.

Deputy Doherty said:

“The sham fight is approaching absurdity as the Budget approaches.  For those trying to buy a home or awaiting medical treatment in our health service, a debate over how best to cut taxes is an insult. The two conservative parties don’t and can’t grasp that now is the time to invest and fix our broken country.

“Micheál Martin, with all seriousness, says health and housing are his priorities, while the next moment his party says he will hold Fine Gael to its promise to cut the USC. Fianna Fáil’s think-in shows once again how they cannot be trusted. They portray themselves as the conscience holding back the worst instincts of Fine Gael but today they are arguing for the most reckless, populist move possible in hollowing out the USC.

“The Budget is a choice between investment in a better future or the road to unsustainable tax cuts. Fianna Fail and Fine Gael are both on the side of unsustainable tax cuts. Their so-called disagreement only shows them up.

“The Irish people need a Budget that prioritises public services and infrastructure. The two parties of government have shown they won’t deliver that. They have no vision for a successful economy- just for short- term populist measures.” 

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