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Cowen should be honest with electorate – McDonald

30 April, 2007

Sinn Féin MEP and Dublin Central election candidate Mary Lou McDonald has said contrary to what Brian Cowen may think Sinn Féin has a very strong economic policy which the party will unveil this week. Ms. McDonald said the Minister for Finance and the other parties should be honest in the election and stop indulging in auction politics.

Ms. McDonald said, "This election has seen Brian Cowen's Fianna Fáil Party, Fine Gael, Labour and the PDs engage in a crass show of irresponsible auction politics. All of the establishment parties have promised the electorate massive tax cuts along with increased and improved public services. This simply does not add up no matter what way you do the maths.

"If everyone was honest the electorate would see that what is on offer in this election is a choice between those who would neglect public services in favour of tax cuts and those of us who would use the current tax take to provide a quality health system, adequate housing provision and decent schools for our children to be taught in.

"Contrary to what Brian Cowen may think Sinn Féin has a very strong economic policy which we will unveil this week. Our manifesto does not call for an increase in corporation tax. We are not arguing for an overall increase in the tax take. What we are calling for is tax justice. Our basic principle is that people should pay according to their ability to pay. Our priority is to reduce the burden on low and middle-income people and close all the loopholes used by the wealthy to avoid paying tax. We are calling for greater supports for small businesses and the social economy. We want to see enough resources to ensure there is sufficient revenue to deliver strong public services, infrastructure and social protections - no more and no less. That is what we would work to see delivered in government." ENDS

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