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Labour have abandoned working families – Adams

6 February, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking in Dundalk this afternoon, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has described Joan Burton's latest bout of policy doublespeak as “embarrassing” and has said Labour have abandoned working families.

Deputy Adams said:

“In Labour’s pre-budget submission before the last election, Joan Burton, as Labour Finance Spokesperson, favoured exactly the same income tax reforms for the top six percent of earners which Sinn Féin are proposing. Not content with being caught out with dodgy fiscal space calculations, the fact she is now an advocate for the highest paid earners to the detriment of ordinary working families is quite frankly embarrassing for a party that purports to stand for a fairer society.

“Today, Sinn Féin have set out our proposals to deliver affordable childcare that will ensure the cost of childcare does not exceed €180 per week in year one of a Sinn Féin led government, and will be reduced progressively to €150 per week by the end of a five-year term. Under Fine Gael and Labour, the cost of childcare is currently costing upwards of €275 per week.

“Labour want to perpetuate that unfairness. They want to ensure the tax system remains unfair and regressive, and as a consequence maintain the chaos they have created in health and refuse to address the housing crisis. We know their record when it comes to standing up for families. They promised before the last election not to introduce water charges and cut child benefit. In practice, they did both.

“Sinn Féin have a different vision. Tomorrow, we will set out our plan for universal healthcare, including delivering free GP care for all citizens at a rate of quarter of a million people a year, guarantee free prescriptions and end the two-tier access to healthcare.

“We are only party with a plan for fair recovery that will give working families a break by scrapping water charges and the property tax and take 277,000 workers out of the USC net, and the only party with credible costed policies to deal with the housing crises, to deliver affordable childcare and to deliver quality public services.” 

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