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Your future hangs in the balance - it’s your choice - Pearse Doherty

23 February, 2016 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has described Fine Gael’s proposed €4billion USC cut as reckless and said it will directly lead to further hardship and chaos for struggling families, more elderly patients on trolleys and families living in hotels.

Deputy Doherty said;

“This election hangs in the balance.  The choice before the people is clear.  It is more of the same from Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil or a new progressive government led by Sinn Féin and based on the Right2Change principles.

“This election is a choice between giving €4billion in tax cuts that benefit the very wealthiest in society or investing that money in taking patients off hospital trolleys, homeless families out of hotels and off the streets and developing world class public services.

“Everybody knows you can’t do both.  The other parties know this.  That’s why they lied about their figures in week one and have been scrambling ever since.

“Yesterday’s Focus Ireland report showed the highest ever monthly increase in family homelessness.  Fine Gael managed to turn a housing crisis into a national emergency and if they abolish the USC there will be no money left to deal with the crisis.  Sinn Féin would invest €2.2billion extra to end homelessness and to ensure families have a roof over their head.

“It is a choice between the Golden Circle politics of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil or the politics of equality under Sinn Féin.

“Sinn Féin will take 277,000 low paid workers out of the USC net.  The cost of this would be covered by our fair and progressive taxation policy.  We would also scrap water charges and the family home tax.

“We would invest the €4billion that these parties want to use for their reckless USC cut.  And here’s what that €4billion could provide:

▪6,600 more nurses, doctors and consultants

▪Roll out free GP care

▪Reduce class sizes

▪Scrap water charges

▪277,000 people out of USC

▪Free prescription drugs

▪Abolish A&E charges

▪End third level fees

▪3 million home help hours

▪Abolish property tax

▪Cap childcare costs at €150

▪3,800 Nursing home beds

▪End prescription charges

▪Support disability services

▪Lower the pension age

▪Make all public transport wheelchair accessible

▪Increase Family Income Supplement

▪3,000 More Gardaí

▪Restore telephone allowance

▪Restore bereavement grant

▪4,385 Education posts

▪Extend Maternity Benefit to 52 weeks.”

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