Tuesday 23 July 2019

Burton criticises Sinn Fein's tax plans

Joan Burton. Photo: Damien Eagers
Joan Burton. Photo: Damien Eagers

Tánaiste Joan Burton has accused Sinn Féin of trying to shift the tax burden on to workers earning modest incomes.

Ms Burton said under Sinn Féin's plans, an average garda sergeant and nurse, who live as a couple, would see their tax bills soar.

The Labour Party leader was responding to Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams's ard fheis speech, during which he pledged to introduce a new tax band on incomes above €100,000.

Speaking at an event in Dublin, Ms Burton said she understood these plans would apply to both incomes in a household.

Ms Burton said the "two income couple" in particular would be burdened with significant extra tax hikes under Sinn Féin.

"They (Sinn Féin) may just not understand this. In our tax system, that couple in terms is called a 'unit'; you're talking about two people maybe on €50,000 each would easily be in this €100,000 bracket," she said.

"His (Gerry Adams) knowledge of the economy here, in terms of the South, it's one of the things that gives me cause for concern."

Meanwhile, Ms Burton faced questions over whether she was willing to face Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald in a live debate.

Ms McDonald this week accused Ms Burton of ducking out of a debate with her on the economy.

But the Tánaiste said she had already debated Gerry Adams live on RTÉ. She added that Ms McDonald was not a party leader, unlike Mr Adams. Niall O'Connor

Irish Independent

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