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Government's policies have persecuted ordinary people - Cllr Johnny Mythen

9 July, 2015 - by Johnny Mythen

Sinn Féin General election candidate in the Wexford Constituency Councillor Johnny Mythen has described an attack on his party’s economic policy by Fine Gael Senator Michael D’Arcy as nonsensical.

Speaking today he said;

“Unlike this Fine Gael/Labour Government, Sinn Féin’s tax proposals are progressive.  They look to those who can afford to pay a little more to do so and, most importantly, they protect those who cannot not afford to pay.

“But lets look at Fine Gael, what has Fine Gael cost you?

“Water Charges, Family Home Tax, Dirt increase, excise duty, pension levy, maternity benefit taxed, cuts to single parent tax credits, extra VAT on almost everything you buy, etc.

“When you are a member of a government party that has introduced and increased taxes like no other government it would be wiser to keep the head down on the issue rather than seek a debate with a political opponent.  Unfortunately for him, Senator D’Arcy has no such cop-on.

“His party has introduced regressive budget after regressive budget which independent bodies such as the ESRI have said targeted at lower and middle income earners

“Yesterday there were 333 people on trollies in our hospitals, 104,000 families in mortgage arrears, 300,000 being ripped off on their Standard Variable Rate mortgages while the government does nothing.

“Senator D’Arcy and his Fine Gael Party are happy to stand over pay increases for politicians and pension increases for former ministers while cutting money from single parents.

“Ordinary working families need a break and we will deliver that by scrapping water charges and the family home tax.”

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