Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Public Expenditure and Reform Sean Fleming has said Tánaiste Joan Burton needs to set out how she will pay for her latest round of promises.

Deputy Fleming has questioned whether a series of commitments outlined by the Labour Leader will ever be delivered given Labour’s record on broken promises.

He commented: “Joan Burton has promised a host of new spending commitments without any real information on when they will be implemented or how they will be paid for. It’s a week since the Labour Leader promised tax cuts and spending increases. What the public need to know is if the Tánaiste has discussed this with the Economic Management Council or the Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. The latest list of Labour’s so-called promises includes:

  • A further 90,000 people to be taken out of USC
  • Increases to child benefit
  • 2 weeks paternity leave
  • 2 years of free pre-school care
  • More gardaí and healthcare workers
  • 1400 more teachers
  • 350 special needs assistants in schools

“Unfortunately Labour has an appalling record when it comes to keeping its promises. We all recall the six promises Labour made before the last election and they have broken every one of them. There is no reason to believe they will not do the same again if re-elected.

“Labour in Government has delivered some of the harshest cuts to the most vulnerable in our society. Now they are hoping they can stave off an electoral meltdown with yet more false promises. I think voters will see Labour’s posturing for what it is – a cynical attempt to woo voters they have already failed abysmally.”