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Tax cuts for high-earners while public services are creaking is inexcusable – Mitchell

26 October, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs, Deputy Denise Mitchell, has said the decision of the Government to provide for €335million in tax and USC cuts at a time when public services are under enormous pressure is inexcusable.

Speaking following a debate on the Finance Bill, Deputy Mitchell said:

“People want investment in public services. They want to know that when they go to a public hospital, they will not be left sitting on a plastic chair for a full day before they are seen to.

“They want to know that if they have children, they will be able to access high-quality, affordable childcare so that they have the option to return to the workforce.

“They want to know that they will be able to have a roof over their head.

“Unfortunately, this Government has taken the disgraceful decision to prioritise tax cuts – which predominantly benefit the better-off – rather than using this money to fund and invest in vital public services.”

Noting the failure of the Government to deal with the ill-thought-out Help-to-Buy scheme, Deputy Mitchell said:

“We in Sinn Féin warned from the very start that this scheme was going to be a disaster. Far from making homes more affordable to first time buyers, it has instead simply helped to push-up house prices.

“I wonder was the decision not to deal with this scheme in the Finance Bill made at the behest of Fianna Fáil?  After all, we all know how much Fianna Fáil loves putting money into the pockets of developers.”

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