Fianna Fáil General Election candidate for Mayo Lisa Chambers has slammed Fine Gael’s proposal to bring in US style tax rates here, claiming it’s nothing more than a vain attempt to grab headlines and decimate public services.
Cllr. Chambers explained, “Enda Kenny’s plan will see tax cuts for the wealthiest, while public services like health, education and community policing are slashed. Overcrowding in our hospitals, super-size classes in our schools and an increase in crime, particularly burglaries is the legacy of this Government. Those problems will be further exacerbated if we allow Fine Gael to press ahead with their plan for US style taxes. This would not be good for Mayo and would be detrimental to services across Ireland.
“The prospect of a low tax society will frighten anyone who believes in a society which protects the vulnerable, the young and the elderly.
“Fine Gael’s record in office speaks for itself
– almost 1,000 waiting for day case and inpatient procedures at Mayo General Hospital at the end of December – a 12% increase in just one month.
– elective surgery at Mayo General Hospital cancelled as a result of ED overcrowding
– chronic waiting lists for special needs assessment for children and adults
– Garda numbers slashed and 10 Garda stations closed in Mayo
“Fianna Fáil wants to see a fairer society, not one that favours the rich. We want to invest in public services to ensure that the most vulnerable are taken care of, those who work are rewarded, and everyone has access to a functioning health and education system.
“Whatever tax model Ireland pursues it should support and not undermine essential benefits. We don’t need Fine Gael’s slash and burn approach to services, which only serves to protect and promote the wealthiest sections of this country”.