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CORI report supports Sinn Féin's call for redistributative tax system - Crowe

28 August, 2006


Sinn Féin’s Social Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has expressed his support for the findings by CORI in their annual socio-economic review, describing them as confirming ‘the consistent underfunding of social supports by the state’. He went on to argue for a redistributative tax system that would see the wealth generated in Irish society over the last ten years being used to ‘fund the development of a first class health system, the ending of the social housing waiting list and the eradication of poverty in our lifetimes’.

 

The Dublin South-West TD said: “The report from CORI is the latest in a long line of publications and statistics that confirms the consistent underfunding of social supports by the state. Reports on the prosperity of our economy continue to focus in a blinkered fashion on economic growth statistics. But unless the distribution of this economic growth is examined, unless how the wealth is being shared is analysed, then the picture is woefully complete.

 

“Sinn Féin has continually argued for a tax system that is redistributative, that ensures the people who have created the wealth of the last ten years, are among those who profit from it. As the CORI report points out, just over 132,000 workers in full-time employment are at risk of poverty, and this is a number that continues to grow in our increasingly unequal society. These families, the people on low-incomes, are those who have not benefited from the wealth they have generated.

 

“We continue to invest less than the EU average in health, maintain a functional illiteracy rate of over 22% and over one in four elderly citizens are at risk of poverty. Overall, we have the third highest rate of citizens at risk of poverty in the 25 EU member states, behind only Greece and Slovakia. The announcement today of extra funding to tackle child poverty by the Government is welcome, but is little more than an attempt to tinker at the edges of a system that is failing the Irish people.

 

“CORI’s call for increased taxation to pay for social and infrastructural investment is a confirmation of our position, as the only party willing to propose increases in taxation for the wealthy to fund the development of a first class health system, the ending of the social housing waiting list and the eradication of poverty in our lifetimes. These are not utopian ideals, these are achievable objectives if the political will is there to do what is necessary.”

 

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