Sinn Féin budget would reduce the cost of Living - Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD
Sinn Féin today launched its alternative budget for 2017.
Speaking after the launch in Dublin today the party’s Children & Youth spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire said the budget must ensure that no one in Irish Society is left behind.
Deputy Ó Laoghaire said;
“Our budget reduces the cost of living and substantially invests in public services. Tax fairness is essential, and it invests in economic growth across all Ireland. We’ve chosen to invest heavily in a number of key areas.”
“Sinn Féin would invest €1.8billion in public services including €462 million in the health service delivering 500 additional beds, reducing prescription charges and investing in ambulance and mental health care. €278 million would be invested in education, to tackle back to school costs, reduce pupil/teacher ratios and begin the process of scrapping third level fees.
“Sinn Féin would also invest significantly in the area of childcare with a €252 million package including an investment of €111 million to subsidise childcare for children aged six months to three years. We feel this will be of benefit to families who are constantly burdened by the exorbitant cost of childcare.
“Our capital investment programme would see €1.2 billion invested in homes, schools, healthcare, water infrastructure and jobs.
“Our tax plans would see the scrapping of water charges and the property tax while raising revenue in other area such as increasing stamp duty on commercial property and taxing gold plated pensions.
“As republicans and egalitarians, we believe that fairness should be at the heart of the Governments budget on Tuesday. We wish to see an Ireland where all children are cherished equally.
“This budget is all about choices, and those choices should be compassionate towards those who find themselves homeless, on hospital trollies, suffering with a mental illness, and those who are struggling to make ends meet on a daily and weekly basis.”