Fine Gael’s Economic Plan is about maintaining the status quo - Pearse Doherty TD
Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD said the government members’ contribution to the National Economic Dialogue amounted to a reaffirmation of Fine Gael’s core message that recognising the scale of the health and housing crises and dealing with them can wait.
Deputy Doherty said:
“The government need to stop and listen to voices outside Fine Gael. The National Economic Dialogue was an ideal event but instead we were treated to an internal Fine Gael monologue about how dealing with the country’s social crises must wait.
"Their Budget will offer nothing to people and families living week to week in fear of the broken down car or unexpected sickness.
"The government is failing to recognise the massive crises in health and housing affecting our country and the toll it is taking on people’s lives. Their stated policy of tax cuts and setting money aside that could be spent on investment is not compatible with fixing the country.
"They are happy to normalise health and housing as permanent crises that people just have to suck it up and get on with.
"Today Fine Gael restated what we know- their economic policy is the status quo.
"We are still living the consequences of the lost decade - years of underinvestment and crisis, of emigration, and of deepening inequalities. Government rhetoric notes this but government policy ignores it.
"This coming budget must be about building a new economy for a changing Ireland, with world class public services, and meaningful investment to bring stability to our public finances and to people's homes.
"In Budget 2019, Sinn Féin in government would stabilise our tax base, while investing in our infrastructure, the full economic potential of our young people, and those left behind by successive governments."