Tuesday 24 October 2017

Letters: Politicans who opposed USC should explain their flip-flop

Stephen Donnelly: USC flip-flop?
Stephen Donnelly: USC flip-flop?

The volte-face generally from Opposition figures who previously decried the introduction of the USC, and now wish to retain it in some form, while criticising Fine Gael's pledge to scrap it, is a bewildering contradiction.

Sinn Féin called for the USC to be reversed in their 2011 election manifesto. Stephen Donnelly, in a Dáil debate on a Sinn Féin motion proposing to abolish the USC shortly after being elected in 2011, indicated that the "introduction of USC was a bizarre measure".

In the same debate, he continued: "That is why it is a bizarre and regressive tax that runs contrary to our social values and the stated aims of many members of the House. The universal social charge penalises self-employed persons. It provides that self-employed persons who earn more than €100,000 must pay an additional 3pc by comparison with those who are employed."

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