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Under Fine Gael the 'Super Rich' have more rights than working people - Jonathan O'Brien TD

1 October, 2018 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Sinn Féin deputy spokesperson for Finance and Public Expenditure & Reform Jonathan O’Brien TD has commented on the recent report by the state public spending watchdog which confirmed the wealthiest in society were dodging tax on an industrial scale.

Speaking today, the Cork North-Central said:

“The recent report by the Comptroller and Auditor General confirms what we have known for a long time. The state operates by two sets of rules.

“What we have learned, and suspected for some time, is that many of those in our society who hold assets in the tens of millions have been using every means possible to pay less than their fair due, a luxury that is not open to ordinary people in this country.

“We have learned that a quarter of those individuals with assets of over €50 million have declared salary of less than €35,672, the average industrial wage.

“We have learnt that 324 individuals with assets worth over €50 million have each paid tax which is on average less than 1% of their total wealth.

“This is a scandal – but are we surprised?

“Fine Gael have presided over a two-tier recovery and the building of a two-tier society. Their leader spent undue energies victimising those in receipt of welfare while they suffered from the sting of unemployment or working poverty.

“He has spent no time victimising such flagrant tax cheating, but this is to be expected.

“Sinn Féin has continually argued that a fair and just society requires a fair taxation system that guarantees rights to all, not to some.

“We expect more of the same from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil in their upcoming budget.”

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