Tuesday 25 April 2017

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

Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

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

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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