Fianna Fáil Deputy Leader Éamon Ó Cuív has called on the Government to stop blaming everyone else for the cynical promises they made in the full knowledge of the country’s fiscal situation.
Deputy Ó Cuív said: “Following the general election and with full knowledge of the challenges ahead for the country, the Taoiseach pledged not to increase income tax rates or bands and the Tánaiste promised there would be no cuts to social welfare. After 100 days in office, the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste held a press conference and reiterated those promises.
“By that stage they had full control of every Department and the books were in their hands. Now they are attempting to pull the wool over everyone’s eyes by claiming they “didn’t know” their own fiscal situation when they made promises not to cut social welfare or raise taxes.
“The bottom line is that Fine Gael and Labour repeated a litany of promises more than three months after taking up office. They cannot blame anyone else for that. These were cynical promises made by both Government parties well into their term in office, and no one else can be blamed for the fact that they are now breaking them.”