Wednesday 21 February 2018

Before we get fooled by tax cuts, let's think about how we will pay for them

Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tánaiste Joan Burton at the first event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, as three flags that were flown on O’Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
Taoiseach Enda Kenny with Tánaiste Joan Burton at the first event to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, as three flags that were flown on O’Connell Street during the rebellion were raised over Dublin Castle. Photo: Brian Lawless/PA
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

When you think about it, our politicians are modern messiahs. Just as Jesus fed the masses with only five loaves and two fishes, our TDs have figured out a way to slash taxes while also providing stellar public services.

After the country spent the past seven years suffering pestilence and plagues, Labour leader Joan Burton chose the dawn of the new year to tell us that we have finally reached the promised land. Our suffering is over.

On the horizon are USC cuts for everyone earning up to €120,000 a year; a job for anyone who wants one; the smallest class sizes in the history of the State; high-quality child care and free GP care for all.

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