Wednesday 7 December 2016

Adams's gaffes on tax policy

Published 20/02/2016 | 02:30

Gerry Adams. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire
Gerry Adams. Photo: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams made errors describing his party’s plan to tax higher earners six times across two car-crash interviews with RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke and Bryan Dobson

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1. Asked by Sean O’Rourke on RTÉ radio if Sinn Féin policy was for a worker to pay 59c on the margin above earnings of €100,000: “No, no. He’s going to be paying on every euro earned over €100,000… 7c in a euro”

2. Asked again to clarify if the marginal rate would be 59c above €100,000: “Yes... but I’m conceding the point that an individual earning over €100,000 will pay no more than 7c in the euro for every euro earned.”

3. After being told by Sean O’Rourke that his figures could not be right: “That is the case Sean.”

4. After O’Rourke refused to accept that this was correct: “Well, let’s agree to differ.”

5. After O’Rourke put it to him once more that SF planned to tax earnings at 59pc on the margin over €100,000: “You’re going to pay 7c in every euro.”

6. Asked in a later interview by Bryan Dobson about the situation on tax for higher earners: “What we’re asking people who are earning individually over €100,000 [is] that they will pay 7c in every additional €1 that they earn.”

Irish Independent

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