A Budget for booming banks and vulture funds – Doherty
- Pearse Doherty speech - Budget 2019 (284 KB)
Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has described Budget 2019 as “a Budget for booming banks and vulture funds”.
Teachta Doherty said the government is attempting to buy the votes of the people with the scraps from the table while the real prizes have been given to landlords and those profiteering from the housing crisis.
The Sinn Féin TD said the government has not adequately prioritised tackling the cost of living crisis, the health crisis or the housing crisis and referred in his speech to ‘Amanda’, a young woman who was homeless at the time of the first Supply and Confidence Budget in 2016, was homeless at the time of last year’s budget, and is still homeless today.
Teachta Doherty said;
“Minister, lets remind ourselves of the backdrop to this Budget.
“Some 10,000 citizens are homeless, 4000 of them are children. That’s 4000 lives, 4000 childhoods forever altered because Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are simply unable to present a Budget that takes their side.
“These are children whose only offence was to be born to parents who fell on hard times.
“How many times must stories like Amanda, a teenage girl living in a hotel room and whose life is passing her by, grip the nation before you finally present a budget capable of addressing this crisis?
“When a teenage girl, made homeless by the policies of this government, has to pour her heart out on national radio to get noticed, what can be said of your government?
“When you announced your first Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil confidence and supply Budget, Amanda was in Emergency Accommodation.
“During the second confidence and supply Budget, Amanda was in Emergency Accommodation. And now, as you announce your third Budget together today, Amanda is still homeless.
“Minister, there are 10,000 Amandas – and for them Budget Day is Groundhog Day.
“Why should anyone trust that Budget 2019 will be any different? Will we be standing in this chamber again, this time next year talking about yet another Amanda?
“There is nothing in this budget for renters, for struggling families, for people on trolleys and hospital waiting lists. There is nothing in this budget for Amanda.
“The government is attempting to buy the votes of the people with the scraps off the table while the real prizes have been given to landlords and those profiteering from the housing crisis.”
Note: Please see Pearse's speech attached