Tuesday 6 December 2016

Gerry Adams 'doesn't get' the economy - Joan Burton

Barry Lennon

Published 19/02/2016 | 12:46

Joan Burton
Joan Burton

Tanaiste Joan Burton said that Gerry Adams “doesn't get it” when it comes to the economy.

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Ms Burton spoke at Labour's equality plan launch after the Sinn Fein leader floundered during an RTE radio interview yesterday morning.

Ms Burton said that she thinks the party are not serious about Government and instead are “trying to lead the opposition.”

“He's famously said he's not really into things like sums and told the Troika to b****r off. He seems to have the same approach to managing the economy,” she said.

“How it adds up doesn't make any difference. Sinn Fein's economic policy is built on slogans rather than thoughtfulness.”

Mr Adams' policy on pensions will mean middle-income earners investing in their pension pot will pay double.

The party plans will slash tax relief for these workers.

“People who are contributing to their pension through their salary, would see their relief heavily reduced. There would be no relief, no reduction,” Ms Burton said.

“Do we want to see more growth? We need to boost the economy and put money back in peoples' pockets.

"Sinn Fein have walked away from that. I think that's wrong."

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