Sinn Fein Leader slams Taoiseach’s remarks on emigration as ‘ludicrous’

Income tax ‘not main reason preventing emigrants returning home’

Sligo News File Online

Gerry Adams, TD, Leader, Sinn Fein
Gerry Adams, TD,
Leader, Sinn Fein

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has accused Taoiseach Enda Kenny of making ludicrous claims about the reasons for emigration at the MacGill Summer School .

Gerry Adams said:

“Despite the Taoiseach’s ludicrous claims, income tax is not the main reason preventing emigrants returning home.

“What has caused so many people to leave this State are the brutal and destructive austerity policies being pursued by Mr Kenny’s Government and his Fianna Fáil predecessors.

“It is the lack of employment opportunities for young people, the fact that ordinary workers are put to the pin of their collar by a range of stealth charges, and the destruction of public services that is preventing emigrants returning. Mr Kenny didn’t propose anything to change this.

“Enda Kenny’s comments that a Government involving Sinn Féin would be a ‘gamble’ are also nonsense.

“He reiterated his intention that if re-elected, he will continue the same political path that has caused so much hardship.

“What citizens need and want is a progressive Government that will stand up for their interests, end relentless austerity, rebuild our economy. That is Sinn Féin’s focus.

“The Taoiseach should let citizens make the choice now by calling a General Election.”