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No one will be fooled by Labour’s revival of pre-election populism - Adams 

4 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Responding to suggestions made this morning made by An Tánaiste Joan Burton that tax cuts will be the priority for Labour if returned to Government, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said it is merely “the latest example of Labour returning to pre-election populist rhetoric”.

Deputy Adams said:

“Joan Burton’s latest pronouncements are nothing more than a sop to the Fine Gael narrative that claims tax cuts should be the main priority for the next Government, at a time when our public services are falling apart.

“This morning there were 516 patients on trolleys in our hospitals, there are thousands of citizens in emergency accommodation and families are reminded of the need for proper childcare as they return to work after the Christmas break. There are families too living in misery because of the Government’s inadequate response to the crisis causes by flooding.

“Sinn Féin recognise the need to provide much needed relief to tax payers and low paid workers. That is why we will abolish water charges and the local property tax. We will reduce USC for the lowest paid workers and work towards the introduction of a Living Wage. 

“But we will not promise blanket tax cuts to those who can afford to pay their fair share towards fixing our crumbling health service, provide housing to the tens of thousands or families in need and to deliver proper childcare to struggling families.

“The Labour party’s attempts to desperately and pitifully cling to power are embarrassing for a party that professes to be a party of labour.

“Delivering Fine Gael style tax cuts and developing world class public services at a time when our services have been decimated are not compatible. Joan Burton knows this.

“Labour lied to the Irish people before the last election, knowing they would not do what they promised. The latest example of their return to pre-election populist rhetoric shows they are preparing to do the exact same thing again.” ENDS

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