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Brendan Keenan: We don't want higher taxes but cuts will be painful, too

Published 03/02/2011 | 05:00

GIVE the voters what they want, is the unspoken mantra of almost every politician on the election trail. But what do the voters want?

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In its document yesterday Fine Gael appeared to give the voters what they wanted -- to judge from responses to today's Irish Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne opinion poll. But it gave them less than they had been promised up to now.

In their Five Point Plan, the party slipped an extra €1bn a year in taxes, and €1bn a year less in spending cuts. But they are still determined to find €3bn more in spending cuts than in Fianna Fail's four-year plan, as agreed with the EU/IMF.

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