Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sinn Fein's policies: are they the real deal?

Sinn Fein an unstoppable political force?

Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Sinn Fein President Gerry Adams TD. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

John Drennan 

WHEN it comes to Sinn Fein and policy, opponents claim that they seek them here, they seek them everywhere, but the damned elusive things cannot be found anywhere. And apparently even when they are found the sums don't add up; or so Sinn Fein's opponents claim anyway. So is Sinn Fein only offering us a political pig in a poke where, to quote The Jam in Going Underground "The public gets what the public wants", or have they produced a financially responsible alternative programme for government that is just waiting to be implemented. The Sunday Independent credibility test of 10 top Sinn Fein policies suggests, alas, that the former position is the more accurate one.

POLICY Repeal the local property tax to put disposable income into ordinary citizen’s hands; expected to save the average household €278.

Fiscally possible at an anticipated cost of €250m but goes against the long-term aim to reduce taxes on work such as PAYE and even longer-term plans to make local councils fiscally independent. Also breaks Troika deal.

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