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Once again Fianna Fáil’s figures don’t add up - Pearse Doherty TD

19 September, 2017 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has said Fianna Fáil is once again trying to con the Irish people into putting them back into government.

The Donegal TD said while Fianna Fáil is talking about prioritising health and housing their figures simply don’t add up.

Speaking this morning, Teachta Doherty said;

“While Mícheál Martin cries foul over Leo Varadkar prioritising spin over substance it is clear that he is also guilty of this approach. We know this because his public commitments cannot be met. Fianna Fáil’s figures simply don’t add up.

“Fianna Fáil is harking back to the Celtic Tiger era in committing to tax cuts for developers at a cost of €240million.  They have also committed to a cut in the USC that will cost €168million and will benefit those on €70,000 a year nearly five times more than those on €30,000.

“When we take into account that the fiscal space is €650million with €180 of that needed for public pay, if Fianna Fáil were to introduce their developers tax cut and their USC cut there would only be €62million left for health and housing never mind everything else like Brexit, childcare, rural development and broadband provision and everything else that is required in the upcoming budget.

“Just the slightest bit of scrutiny of their figures shows that Fianna Fáil cannot possibly honour all of the commitments that it is making to the public without raising taxes.

“The reality is that Fianna Fáil is once again trying to con the Irish people into putting them back into government, where they feel they belong. They won’t produce a costed alternative budget and their commitments cannot be taken seriously. Fianna Fáil simply cannot be trusted.

‘What is clear is that they favour tax cuts for higher earners over investment in public services and, at a time of such unprecedented crises in our health and housing sectors, that is unforgivable.”

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