Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has branded tax announcements made by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar last evening as ‘empty promises’ that write off the majority of Irish workers.

The Donegal TD said:

“Last night saw Leo Varadkar trot out more empty tax promises to the Irish people.

“Just 3 years ago Fine Gael made more reckless promises to the Irish people, claiming they would abolish the USC.

“But figures obtained by Sinn Féin last week confirm that this latest election gambit would cost the state a massive €2.27bn.

“This pledge is not for the majority of Irish people who work every hour in the day and get nothing in return from this government.

“Over two million citizens have incomes below €35,000 a year. For them, Leo Varadkar’s empty promise of over €2bn in tax cuts to buy off his voters means more hardship and more financial distress.

“It will not protect those in society struggling from rip-off rents. It will not help those who struggle to pay some of the highest costs in the world for childcare. It will not help those on rock-bottom wages and in need of social protection.

“Leo Varadkar seems to think these people should continue struggling from month to month, not so they can be cut some slack from their rent, from their mortgage or doing right by their family, but so he can afford to splash out on the richest one fifth in society.

“If Fine Gael promise five years of tax cuts for the few, what they really mean is five more years of worry for most Irish families who are barely getting by.

“It means five more years of record high living costs. It means five more years of a broken health service. It means five more years of a severe housing shortage that has forced 10,000 Irish citizens into homelessness.

“Sinn Féin are taking a stand against the politics of empty promises, and we’re standing with the vast majority of Irish citizens who this government has written off and left behind.”

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