Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil wedded to auction politics – McDonald

Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald TD has accused Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil of engaging in a sham fight on reckless tax cuts that will undermine public services and push more children and their families into homelessness.

The Sinn Fein Deputy Leader made her remarks in the Dáil today during Leaders Questions:

“We are three weeks away from Budget 2018. This budget will present a real opportunity to deliver for citizens who are struggling to get by and build a life for themselves. All the signals from Fine Gael is that the Government plans to pass on this opportunity.

“Instead of focusing on the crises in health and housing, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are engaged in a sham fight about how best to introduce reckless tax cuts. It is the same old Fine Gael backed by the same old Fianna Fáil.

“The best way to give a break to those struggling to make ends meet, pay the rent and keep a roof over their heads is not through a tax break, which puts a measly few euros back in their pockets and will do very little to alleviate their cost of living.

“It is clear that the best way to give low and middle income workers a break is by investing in our health system, delivering social and affordable homes, and ensuring that those with disabilities can access proper and dedicated services.

“A responsible government would reject the policies that have led to the decimation of essential services. An irresponsible government opts to hand-out tax cuts when our public services are crumbling. This is not just auction politics. It is short-sighted and destructive politics.

“People have had enough of auction politics. They want decent public services. They are crying out for them. They want children out of hotels and into homes. They want patients off trolleys and off waiting lists. They want the opportunity to buy their own homes.” ENDS