Thursday 22 February 2018

Opposition give mixed reaction to deal reporters

FIANNA Fail finance spokesman Michael McGrath today welcomed the agreement, saying the new measures would benefit Ireland. However, he urged the Government to clarify any commitment to engage in discussions on harmonisation of the corporate tax rates in Europe.

Sinn Fein's Pearse Doherty described last night's deal as a "missed opportunity" while independent TD Shane Ross said default is now on the agenda.

"A rubicon has been crossed in terms of Europe and defaut is now a reality, despite months pretending otherwise," he said.

Meanwhile, Jack O'Connor of Siptu said the deal would mean nothing to Irish people if the government still planned to implement €3.6bn cuts in public services and failed to promote jobs and growth.

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