Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Paul McAuliffe
Dublin North-West

12 February 2016

Sinn Féin’s policies won’t help working families – McAuliffe

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin North West Cllr Paul McAuliffe maintains that  Sinn Féin’s policies will do very little to help working families.

“Sinn Féin’s policies would be disastrous on many levels, but they will do very little to help working families. Sinn Fein’s proposals for USC will target low and middle income workers in particular. Under Sinn Féin only those on incomes under €19,572 will be exempt from USC, whereas Fianna Fáil will abolish the USC on income up to €80,000,” pointed out Cllr McAuliffe.

“Furthermore, Fianna Fáil will abolish prescription charges, reduce the drugs payment threshold from €144 to €100, abolish water charges and increase Child Benefit by €10.

“Fianna Fáil also has a fully costed childcare plan that will give a childcare tax credit to help families with the cost of childcare. This will have a directly positive impact on working families and furthermore this credit gives parents choice then it comes to choosing their childcare as it is not a subsidy to providers, but rather to parents so they can use it to offset the cost of using a creche, child minder or grandparent etc. 

“Fianna Fáil is the only party that can deliver fairness, improve public services and create jobs. Sinn Féin will target workers earning marginally above the minimum wage. The electorate need to be aware that while Sinn Féin may claim to stand up for working families their policy on USC clearly illustrates that they won’t,” he added.