Monday 9 December 2019

Fine Gael 'changing and adjusting their tax figures on a daily basis' - Labour minister

Ged Nash. Photo: Tom Burke
Ged Nash. Photo: Tom Burke

Niall O'Connor

A Labour Party minister has accused Fine Gael of changing its figures on taxation on a daily basis.

In a surprise swipe at Finance Minister Michael Noonan, Business and Employment Minister Ged Nash raised questions over plans to create a rainy day fund.

The proposal to set aside €2.5bn over the next five years is now the subject of a major rift between the coalition partners.

Asked about the plan at the Labour Party conference in Mullingar, Mr Nash replied:

"Well it seems to me that Fine Gael are changing and adjusting their figures every day. The only party that has got a comprehensive strategy of tax reductions for working people that is sustainable is the Labour Party."

But when pressed repeatedly on the matter, Mr Nash declined to say whether Labour will set up a similar fund.

Communications Minister Alex White also refused to say whether he favours setting up such a fund, saying that he will wait and see the details in the Fine Gael manifesto.

"I would rather see exactly what the detail that is, exactly what they are proposing."

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